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IRIS 2015-6:1/21

Greece

New act on public broadcaster

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Alexandros Economou

National Council for Radio and Television

Α new act on public broadcasting was passed by the Greek Parliament on 25 April 2015, materialising a major pre-electoral promise of the new left-wing government elected on 25 January 2015 for the reopening the ERT. Elliniki Radiofonia Tileorasi S.A. (a state-owned company employing more than 2600 employees) had been shut down on 11 June 2013 (see IRIS 2013-6/24) and was replaced by NERIT a few months later, an entity created by Act 4173/2013 (see IRIS 2013-9/20).

The key provisions of the new act are: (a) the signature of an agreement of principles between ERT and the supervising Minister for the basic principles of the new entity, (b) the abolition of the Supervisory Board and the delegation of supervision responsibilities to the Minister of Audiovisual Matters, (c) the reorganisation of the Board, which now consists of seven members (the President, the Chief Executive Officer, three members (experts on audiovisual matters) and two representatives elected by all employees), (d) a change in the way of nomination of five members of the Board. These are now appointed by the supervising minister following a public invitation and an opinion by the Parliamentary Committee on Institutions and Transparency and the re-employment of the Company’s personnel working for ERT at the date of its shut-down.

References
Nόμος 4324/2015, Ρυθμίσεις θεμάτων Δημόσιου Ραδιοτηλεοπτικού Φορέα, Ελληνική Ραδιοφωνία Τηλεόραση Ανώνυμη Εταιρεία και τροποποίηση του άρθρου 48 του κ.ν. 2190/1920 και άλλες διατάξεις (ΦΕΚ Α’ 44/29.4.2015) EL
 http://merlin.obs.coe.int/redirect.php?id=17545
 
  Act 4324/2015 Regulations on the public broadcaster, Greek Radio Television SA and amendment of article 48 of L 2190/1920 and other provisions, O. J. Α’ 44/29.4.2015