Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation

Good move, we should do this here

Imagine the howls of outrage from Labour and other assorted socialists if the government moved to shut down TVNZ and Red Radio. You would hear the screaming from Auckland.

In Greece they have done just that. And saved a truck load of cash.

Under pressure from its creditors to cut public employment, the Greek government said Tuesday that it was closing down its state-run television and radio broadcaster, idling 2,900 people — less than 1 percent of the public work force — and outraging the country’s powerful labor unions.

Describing the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation, known as ERT, as a “haven of waste,” a government spokesman said ERT, which went off the air at 11 p.m. local time, would reopen soon as a “modern state organization” with a fraction of the current staff.  Read more »