TV sta­tions given ex­ten­sion to submit ten­der ap­pli­ca­tions

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Pri­vate TV sta­tions that want to par­tic­i­pate in a ten­der in Au­gust that will award four broad­cast­ing li­censes have been given an ex­ten­sion un­til Fri­day to submit their ap­pli­ca­tions.

The first list of ap­pli­cants that meet the re­quire­ments to take part in the ten­der will be an­nounced by July 14.

The ten­der was an­nounced by the gov­ern­ment af­ter it passed leg­is­la­tion to change the coun­try’s me­dia sec­tor in a bid to slash the num­ber of pri- vate broad­cast­ers to four.

The move, how­ever, has been crit­i­cized by the own­ers of Greece’s ex­ist­ing pri­vate TV chan­nels, in­clud­ing Skai, ANT1 and Mega, who have taken their case to the Coun­cil of State, the coun­try’s high­est ad­min­is­tra­tive court, seeking the can­cel­la­tion or the sus­pen­sion of the ten­der, ar­gu­ing that it vi­o­lates the Greek Con­sti­tu­tion and Euro­pean Union law. The court is ex­pected to rule on the case in about 10 days.

walks through the For­bid­den City in Bei­jing with Chi­nese of­fi­cials yes­ter­day. Tsipras, who was ac­com­pa­nied on his visit to China by a del­e­ga­tion of 40 Greek entrepreneurs, made sev­eral in­vest­ment pro­pos­als to Chi­nese of­fi­cials. He is due to re­turn to Athens to­day.

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