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European broadcasters pull plug on Greek pirate TV

August 20, 2013

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Europe’s public broadcasters will stop relaying programs by sacked workers in Greece’s defunct state broadcaster ERT, whose closure this year drew international condemnation.

Greece’s conservative-led government abruptly shuttered state-run ERT in June and axed 2,700 jobs, citing the need to cut costs amid the country’s debt crisis. The fired workers continued to produce programs in defiance, however. The European Broadcasting Union sought to help them by streaming their broadcasts by satellite and on its website.

The EBU said Tuesday it will stop streaming those programs on Wednesday, citing reports that an interim successor to ERT will start news broadcasts this week. The Greek government couldn’t be reached for confirmation that a successor to ERT is ready.

ERT unionists said its broadcasts will continue to be available on websites.

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