Greece gives approval for 5 TV channels
May 4, 2018
By Chris Forrester
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A government-organised auction for TV licences in 2016 was revoked by a top Greek court which ruled that ESR must oversee such a competition.