Broad­cast­ing ten­der of­fi­cially can­celed

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Sev­eral months af­ter the Coun­cil of State deemed that the ten­der launched by the gov­ern­ment for four na­tion­wide TV broad­cast­ing per­mits was un­con­sti­tu­tional, the coali­tion has of­fi­cially can­celed the process.

A de­ci­sion signed by Dig­i­tal Pol­icy Min­is­ter Nikos Pap­pas scrap­ping the ten­der was pub­lished in the Gov­ern­ment Gazette. Pap­pas was the one that launched the con­tentious ten­der with a de­ci­sion last June, when he was state min­is­ter.

In a ma­jor­ity de­ci­sion last Oc­to­ber, Greece’s high­est ad­min­is­tra­tive court de­cided that the ten­der was not in line with the coun­try’s Con­sti­tu­tion be­cause it with­drew the au­thor­ity for over­see­ing the li­cens­ing process from the broad­cast­ing watch­dog, the Na­tional Coun­cil for Ra­dio and Tele­vi­sion (ESR).

In the wake of the ver­dict, the gov­ern­ment vowed to pro­ceed with its plans to reg­u­late the broad­cast­ing sec­tor but it has yet to present any spe­cific plans.

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