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Greek government shuts down public TV station

Published:Wednesday | June 12, 2013 | 8:25 AM

The Greek government has shut down the public broadcaster ERT, as part of cost saving measures.

All employees have also been suspended pending a re-organisation.

It is the latest move in rafts of spending cuts and tax rises aimed at leading the country out of recession.

The government says while all 2,500 employees would be sacked, they would be paid compensation and would be able to apply for work when the corporation relaunches as a smaller, independent public broadcaster.

Riot police have been deployed in Athens as thousands of people have gathered outside ERT's headquarters to protest against the decision.


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