Con­sen­sus on TV li­censes

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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.

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