Consensus on TV licenses
The conditions for reaching some kind of consensus with regard to the ongoing issue of the country’s broadcasting licenses now exist. Proposals tabled by Greece’s main opposition New Democracy party, including recommending a former Supreme Court president to head the National Broadcasting Council (ESR) as well as institutional regulations, are already paving the way for some kind of agreement to be reached. The SYRIZA-Independent Greeks coalition appears to have finally accepted the new reality, after the Council of State – the country’s highest administrative court – upheld the appeals tabled by six television channels against a recent government auction of four national TV permits. All that’s left to be done now is for the government to take the next step forward and for the country’s television landscape to return to some kind of order, free of any arbitrariness. After that, the country must return to dealing with the issues that are truly pressing.