Off-air broad­caster needs rev­enues, ar­gues Kap­sis

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Deputy Cul­ture Min­is­ter Pan­telis Kap­sis, who is in charge of pub­lic broad­cast­ing, yes­ter­day de­fended the gov­ern­ment’s de­ci­sion to start charg­ing for the new state TV and ra­dio ser­vice, NERIT, even though it is not on air yet. A monthly 3-euro charge has been added to elec­tric­ity bills to cover the cost of NERIT. Al­though the charge is more than 25 per­cent less than what tax­pay­ers paid for ERT, the pub­lic broad­caster shut down in June, there was crit­i­cism yes­ter­day that the gov­ern­ment is ask­ing Greeks to pay it even though NERIT has not be­gun broad­cast­ing yet. Only an in­terim ser­vice, known sim­ply as Pub­lic Tele­vi­sion (DT), is presently avail­able. “The most es­sen­tial is­sue is that NERIT’s bud­get and op­er­a­tional costs in 2014 will be 100 mil­lion eu­ros, com­pared to the 240 mil­lion that ERT cost us,” said Kap­sis. He said that NERIT needs the rev­enues from now in or­der to or­ga­nize its pro­gram­ming. Kap­sis was also adamant that DT would do an ef­fi­cient job of cov­er­ing Greece’s Euro­pean Union pres­i­dency. “All the team has worked very hard and the equip­ment has been in­stalled at Zappeio Hall, where the tele­vi­sion cov­er­age of the pres­i­dency will take place,” he said. “I be­lieve Greece will get top marks in this area.”

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