Greek state television begins broadcasting new TV channel

"Greek Public Television" (EDT) begun airing yesterday/ on Thursday, a month after the sudden closure of state broadcaster ERT in the context of efforts to overhaul civil services and tackle the Greek debt crisis. The closure triggered strong reactions and lead to a political crisis. EDT will be broadcasting films and documentaries for the next few days until a team of journalists can be hired to start covering the news. Under the government plan the new public television and radio service NERIT (New Greek Radio, Internet and Television) which will operate with reduced personnel, will be on the air in two months. A bill establishing NERIT is currently being debated in the parliament.