Good faith of ten­der for TV per­mits ques­tioned

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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.

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