of public broadcaster ERT sparks outcry in Greece
abrupt closure of Greek public broadcaster ERT has
sparked outcry in Greece and abroad. The European
Broadcasting Union (EBU) has urged Greece to reverse
its decision to close down ERT. Many ERT employees
have continued to work without pay, keeping ERT
on the air on some channels without government authorization.
On June 13, over 10,000 protesters rallied outside
the ERT headquarters in the capital Athens in support
of the staff. Rallies have been held also elsewhere
in Greece, and unions have staged protests disrupting
other public services.
The closure of ERT was announced
by the Greek coalition government on June 11 as
part of austerity measures to balance public finances.
According to the government, ERT's 2,500 employees
were to be laid off immediately, but they would
be compensated. Later on the government plans to
launch a much smaller public broadcaster with a
fraction of ERT's staff.
ERT's website has been closed,
but ERT has still been heard on various AM and shortwave
frequencies. In Europe, the AM frequencies of 1008
kHz (Kerkyra), 1259.84 kHz (Rhodes), 1278 kHz (Florina),
1404 kHz (Komotini) and 1511.94 kHz (Chania) have
been monitored being on the air. The foreign service
Voice of Greece has also been heard on several shortwave
frequencies, most recently retransmitting the audio
of ERT's unauthorized television programs.
June 14, 2013)
Dechovka launched in the Czech Republic on 1233
Dechovka broadcasts brass band music 24/7 on the
frequency of 1233 kHz mediumwave. The station can
also be heard on the Internet and via digital terrestrial
television in the Czech Republic. The AM transmitter
is located in Líbeznice, just north of the
Czech capital Prague. The station was first reported
by Czech DXer Karel Honzik on May 8th with test
broadcasting at a power of 100 watts. You can write
to the station at Radio Dechovka, U Prutníku
232, 250 72 Predboj, Czech Republic, send email
or call at +420 311 280 281.
June 11, 2013)
Banderas on 1450 AM new in Argentina
on 1450 kHz is a new station broadcasting from Partido
de Moreno, Provincia de Buenos Aires since late
May. DXer Arnaldo Slaen heard telephone numbers
0237-4687766 and 0111530780194 (cell) mentioned.
He reported the station on June 1st, using for instance
the slogan "Toda la música del Litoral
en un solo lugar: AM1450 Radio Banderas".
June 11, 2013)
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