ERT, the Greek public broadcaster, is to establish a digital TV subsidiary for digital television in which it will hold 51%. However, opposition parties have expressed concern that the venture will become a “battering ram” that will eventually lead to ERT’s privatization.
A draft bill on the licensing process for television in Greece was provision ratified by the Greek parliament. Minister of State Theodoros Roussopoulos said the new law closed a loophole in the 1998 Act that left open the possibility of privatization. He said the bill promoted healthy competition and prevented broadcasters from being held “hostage” by future governments.