(Greece) – In a controversial move, the Greek government makes plans to slash the number of private channels that are available. Ever since making the decision to cut back on these private stations, the government has been inner attack. Greek authorities have said that they want to clean up the television industry after hearing reports of expatiation in the workforce. It has also been rumored that there is some corruption among this industry consisting of secretive deals between bankers, politicians, and even other media moguls. Licensing has also been an issue amongst media professionals.
The government has said that only certain channels will be prevented from getting slashed. The most important criteria is that only those channels that are profitable will be allowed to broadcast. Channels that are struggling financially will be cut. Many of these stations have had to take out loans to stay afloat. Those who haven’t will be allowed to stay in business.
Critics of this move, however, are concerned that this is simple a way for the current government to take control over the industry. They believe that Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras wants to take the place of the TV barons that are controlling the industry. Kyriakos Mitsotakis, the leader of the opposition party, has accused the government of what he calls, “authoritarian practices.” The government, however, insists that they’re just trying to clean up the industry.
Because of the current economic state of Greece, the television industry has been on the decline as Greek citizens have had to decide if paying for extra television has been worth the extra expense. Greece has been in a recession since before the first bailout in 2010 and they are scheduled to receive their first wave of funds for their third bailout since the recession hit. The government needs these funds to make several loan payments that have come due.