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Video: Public TV restarts broadcasts two years after shutdown

ERT television screen grab

Greece's state TV channel ERT restarted broadcasting Thursday, two years after it was shut down as part of austerity measures adopted by the previous administration. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras hailed the move as a “victory for democracy”.

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The public broadcaster became a symbol of resistance against the austerity measures mandated by the EU and foreign creditors, but was eventually taken off the air at the height of the financial crisis. Downsizing and streamlining public institutions was one of the requirements of Greece's €130 billion EU bailout.

The far-left Syriza party that is now in power denies that the reopening of ERT is a public relations move, or a strike against austerity policies, and says the re-booted station will pay for itself.

The station is slated to rehire the 1,500 employees laid off in 2013 as programming progressively resumes.

Click on the player above to watch FRANCE 24's full report from Athens.

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