Greece faced a new political crisis on Wednesday as the government was hit with a storm of public protest and a looming general strike over its shock decision to shut down state broadcaster ERT.
The broadcaster's television and radio stations were abruptly pulled off air late Tuesday and its nearly 2,700 staff suspended as part of the conservative-led coalition government’s deeply unpopular austerity drive.
The administration quickly presented legislation creating a new broadcaster called New Hellenic Radio, Internet and Television (NERIT) to replace the 60-year-old ERT.
Greece is caught in a six-year recession which austerity critics say has been exacerbated by successive pay and pension cuts imposed at the behest of its EU-IMF creditors. — AFP