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European Federation of Journalists Concerned About Media Pluralism in Greece

The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) on Friday voiced concerns that a new law restricting the number of television broadcasting licences in Greece to four will undermine pluralism and independent journalism in the Greek media. In an announcement posted...

These are the Owners of the 4 New National TV Licenses in Greece

  A fierce auction battle for four TV licenses saw media moguls locked up in the Kallithea building of the General Secretariat of Media and Communications without any communication with the outside world. For two nights and three days the...

TV Moguls Bring Pillows to Big Brother-Styled TV License Auction; 2 Drones Intercepted

Greece's left-wing SYRIZA government started an auction for four private television licenses in what a faction of the press has dubbed a "reality show" due to the fact that media chiefs are behind closed doors without cell phones or...

TV Channels, Ad Agencies Write Joint Letter Against New State-Owned Ad Monopoly

The Greek government's plans for a new state-owned agency for selling television advertisements have been strongly opposed by broadcasters after it was unveiled, days after the new controversial auction to limit new private television licenses. A joint letter between...

State Council Rejects Media Appeal for Delays to TV License Procedure

Television channels that appealed to Greece's top administrative court over a law passed in October to reduce the number of nationwide TV stations to four sought an injunction from the State Council so that the procedure could be delayed...

Minister of State Nikos Pappas Praises Submission of Bids in TV License Tender

With the successful conclusion of the first stage in a tender process for granting television content licenses and the submission of 11 bids by the 3 p.m. deadline, the government is one step closer to fulfilling one of SYRIZA's...

Greece's Media: 11 Groups Bid for Four Private TV Licenses

The deadline for the submission for TV licenses with the Greek General Secretariat of Communication was at 3 p.m. on Monday. Eleven applications were made, however only four will be successful. Those who applied were: Skai S. A. Star...

Gerovasili: We will Cut the 'Umbilical Cord' Between Media Owners and the State

The government was creating a modern, healthy and transparent framework for the operation of the media in Greece, while cutting the "umbilical cord" between the state and bankrupt media owners, government spokeswoman Olga Gerovasili said on Sunday, speaking at...

Mega TV Saved From Bankruptcy But Still Hanging on a Limb

Last-ditch efforts to save Greece's private Mega channel from bankruptcy paid off on Wednesday with an agreement between shareholders reached at the eleventh hour. Shareholders reportedly agreed to put up three million euros within a week so as to...

AthensLive: #MakeAthensLive Campaign for Independent Media Project [video]

A recent article by the European Journalism Observatory, reports that "in 2015, Greece fell 50 places in the World Press Freedom Index to rank 91st. This established it as the second-lowest ranking for a country inside the European Union....