Greece gives approval for 5 TV channels

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Greek broadcasting regulator, the National Council for Radio & Television (ESR), has approved a temporary set of licences for five private TV channels that were successful in the recent auction round for bandwidth.

The ESR board unanimously concluded that five channels: SKAI, Star, Alpha, ANT1 and Epsilon meet the requirements laid out in the tender called by the regulator, and abide by the constitution and the relevant laws.

But it rejected a sixth bidder, Tileoptiki Elliniki SA (TVE Hellenic). No further details were provided on why the broadcaster was declined a licence, other than the application was “incomplete”.

A government-organised auction for TV licences in 2016 was revoked by a top Greek court which ruled that ESR must oversee such a competition.


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