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Tears as Greek state TV returns to air after austerity shutdown

 Reuters 15 June 2019

There were emotional scenes on set at Greece’s state television ERT when the channel aired its first broadcast in two years. The station was shut down under one of the previous government’s most drastic austerity measures. Reopening ERT was a top priority of leftist Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, who called its closure “a great wound” of his country’s bailout. Tsipras’s Syriza party called reopening the service, which costs 30 million euros a year to run, “a great victory for democracy.” (484 Words) - By Karolina Tagaris

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An employee of Greek state broadcaster ERT looks at monitor screens at the control room during the first broadcast of the station after its reopening in Athens June 11, 2019. Employees at Greece's state television ERT hugged each other and cried on Thursday as the channel aired its first broadcast in two years, after it was shut down under one of the previous government's most drastic austerity measures.  Credit: REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

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