Dialogos Radio condemns the forced shutdown of ERT, Greece’s national public radio and television broadcaster. In a continuation of the austerity measures which have decimated Greece’s economy and social structure over the past three years, the Greek government announced, on Tuesday afternoon, the immediate shutdown of all of ERT’s radio and television broadcasts, as well as the firing of all 2,600 of ERT’s employees. This at a time when unemployment in Greece is dangerously close to 30% with no relief in sight, despite the government’s tall tales of a “success story” claiming the contrary. This decision was enforced and implemented within hours, with most of ERT’s transmitters and satellite feeds now off the air.
ERT, as a government-run broadcaster, was not without its (many) faults. But it also served as a bridge between Greece and the large Greek diaspora across the world, through its international radio service (The Voice of Greece) and through its international satellite television station, ERT World. Dialogos Radio, as an independent radio program and media group born and based in the diaspora, and speciflcally in the United States, respects this mission and these efforts, and indeed, we had the opportunity to be heard, on several occasions, via ERT’s broadcasts.
In addition, ERT maintained the richest online audiovisual archive of historic Greek radio and television programs, www.ert-archives.gr, a site which is as of now, inaccessible. Its programs also featured documentaries, travel programs, and other cultural programming which featured the rich and diverse culture and landscapes of Greece, something which is, unfortunately, rarely seen on private broadcast stations.
Over the past several hours, Dialogos Radio has taken the unprecedented (for us) step of using our Twitter account to publish a non-stop feed of what is really happening on the ground in Greece and with the efforts to permanently shut down ERT. We’ve pulled an all-nighter, as it is now daybreak in Greece, but we have no regrets, as we feel we lived up to our mission, which has been, from day one, to provide an accurate portrayal of what is taking place in Greece and to promote the efforts of those who, despite all odds, are working to build a better and more democratic country. We may not have been “on the air,” but we were online, and we hope that our Twitter updates were useful and informative for those who were following along this evening.
Recently, we announced that Dialogos Radio will be taking a summer hiatus. However, with the recent events that have transpired in Greece, we are reconsidering this decision, even if it only means a temporary extension of our broadcast season. We have *extremely* limited resources, both financially and otherwise, and cannot guarantee, during this stressful and hectic time, that we will be able to provide additional programming and interviews based on the latest events in Greece. We will, however, be reaching out to journalists and staff from ERT, as well as others who can speak about these important issues facing the country. And if we are able to secure an interview (or interviews), our listeners and followers will be the first to know. We recognize that we may not be “objective,” but what we do strive to provide our listeners is the “objective truth.” We will continue doing this in all of our future broadcasts, and via all of our other mediums of communication.
We would like to close out our message with three potentially historic podcasts from the archives of Dialogos Radio. These are the three interviews that have been broadcast on various ERT stations, which have featured Dialogos Radio and all of our efforts in the past. ERT’s official archive may be offline, but our archive is alive and kicking, and we’d like to share our own collection of our broadcasts on ERT with you:
Interview on Greek Public Radio – about Dialogos Radio and www.media.net.gr – An interview which aired on Greek Public Radio – ERT 3 95.8 FM in Thessaloniki – about Dialogos Radio and our sister website, www.media.net.gr, w/ Michael Nevradakis. Also features Lefteris Avramidis of radiofono.gr. Originally aired May 27, 2012 – http://www.media.net.gr/austinhellenicradio/podcastgen/podcastgen/?p=episode&name=2013-02-24_958_low.mp3
Interview featuring Dialogos Radio on The Voice of Greece – An interview featuring Dialogos Radio and its producer/host, Michael Nevradakis, which aired on The Voice of Greece on May 9, 2013. Interview is in Greek. – http://www.media.net.gr/austinhellenicradio/podcastgen/podcastgen/?p=episode&name=2013-05-13_voice_of_greece_interview_050913_podcast.mp3
Interview featuring Dialogos Radio on The Voice of Greece – “Faces of the Diaspora” program – An interview featuring Dialogos Radio and its producer/host, Michael Nevradakis, which aired on The Voice of Greece and the “Faces of the Diaspora” (Ta Prosopa tis Omogeneias) radio program on May 21, 2013. Interview is in Greek. – http://www.media.net.gr/austinhellenicradio/podcastgen/podcastgen/?p=episode&name=2013-05-26_voice_of_greece_interview_052113.mp3