On 11 June 2013, Greece’s right-wing governmnet controversially shut down ERT, Greece’s national boradcaster — the network that had helped Greece become one of Eurovision’s strongest competing nations. Since then many of the fired employees have been transmitting their own radio and television programs, ostensibly with the hope of returning to work at a reborn ERT. Their perseverance has paid off. Today ERT is back. And NERIT — the interim broadcaster that was accused of being a mouthpiece of the government — is no more.
Exaclty two years after the shock shutdown, the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation resumed operations this morning. Most of the former employees have returned to the headquarters, and Greek media has been broadcasting the emotional scenes in the office. Democracy is back, plurarism is back, and Eurovision enthusiasm is also back!
For us Greeks, ERT has played a major role in our lives, most especially during our childhood. Music, tradition, culture and freedom of speech were all hallmarks of ERT. Many of these values — particularly the last one — seemed absent from NERIT.
In honour of ERT’s return, here are some of our favourite moments — and some of the saddest — from the broadcaster’s recent history.
The 2004 Olympics
Helena Paparizou wins Eurovision 2005
All of ERT’s children shows
Our reaction when ERT was shut down
There were protests…
The broadcasters’ in-house musicians were emotional during their last performance
A kid reading a letter to the prime minister. “Why did you close ERT?”
And the most epic moment ever. Greeks will get this.
Journalist: “There is a problem. I listen to bubbles.”
News bulletin host: **Tries not to laugh**