Good faith of tender for TV permits questioned
Although the Council of State, the country’s highest administrative court, is not expected to issue a decision on the legality of the tender for TV licenses launched by the government for a few days yet, the row between the coalition and the opposition parties shows no sign of abating.
New Democracy’s vice president Adonis Georgiadis claimed on Saturday that a frontline government minister told him Skai TV would not be among the bidders gaining licenses. Georgiadis then claimed that the tender’s aim is to allow State Minister Nikos Pappas to control the media. He alleged that Pappas will be the only person that examines the applications made by bidding firms.
The New Democracy MP’s comments drew an immediate response from the government, which insists that the tender represents the first proper TV licensing procedure ever held in Greece. “The licensing process is crystal-clear and absolutely transparent,” said the general secretary for information and communication, Lefteris Kretsos, who added that neither he nor Pappas will inspect the applications, a task that has been left to a specially formed committee. The tender is due to be completed in August.