Earlier this week, Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras shut down the state-run network ERT, leaving Greece without a publicly funded channel.
But ERT's 2,000 fired employees quickly defied government orders to shut down, occupying company headquarters and broadcasting an internet feed of makeshift news and talkshows. One ERT broadcaster, shocked by the move, told EuroNews, "not even the military dictatorship did this when I was young."
The final moments of ERT's broadcast before being shut down earlier this week.
According to a Reuters report, the internet feed is also being shown by some privately-owned stations and features "feisty 24-hour coverage of the shutdown, with dramatic aerial shots of crowds of supporters outside the ERT building, interviews with protesters and laments by newscasters."
The shutdown has angered many Greeks, with over 6,000 thousand protesting in front of ERT headquarters in Athens. Government officials claim the state-run network had been overstaffed and overspent on "programs no one was watching." The government announced its intentions to launch a more streamlined channel that costs less to produce soon. Samaras has agreed to meet with two junior coalition parties opposed to the shutdown next monday.
Below, via Reuters, scenes from ERT's headquarters since the station shutdown:
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