Greek unions strike over station closure
Greece's two largest trade unions called a 24-hour general strike yesterday in response to the government's decision to shut down the state broadcaster.
The closure of the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation, or ERT, which had operated for 70 years, prompted journalist unions to stage a 24-hour strike, creating a nationwide news blackout, leaving private television and radio networks airing documentaries or soap reruns.
The government said closing ERT, a favoured place of political patronage for successive administrations, was long overdue. Its operation, said Simos Kedikoglou, the government spokesman and a former ERT anchor, "was scandalous, a haven of waste, of corruption". (©Daily Telegraph, London)