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Penalties for seven officials of the National television

29 June 2010 / 12:06:49  GRReporter
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An incredible story about the waste of public money discloses publicly data about payments in the amount of 26 million euro per year for 140 employees, huge salaries for officials and wasted money on the broadcasting of the matches of the football club Olympiakos and the football team of Xanthi respectively for the amount of 7.5 million and 2.5 million a year, reveals Imerisiya Journal.

More than 100 witnesses testified before the prosecutor Panagiota Faku, who issued a warrant for bringing criminal charges to seven people who were directors and senior executives in the national television. Among the people brought to charges are the former President of ERT Christos Panagopoulos, the former director of the television Dimitris Gontikas, head of the ERT World Nikos Kurtis, television hostess Irini Nikolopoulou and three other people, including a counselor, a director and a journalist.

Officials were accused of repeating disloyalty in the performance of duties and complicity in fraud amounting to 73,000 euros. The case was submitted to a magistrate, who will begin investigation in September, which will end with the issuance of charges for each one of the seven employees who will be called to testify. The news about the payments of 140 "gold" officials of the National Television for the amount of 26 million euro annually causes dizziness, while the remaining 5,000 people all together cost 140 million annually.

The most outrageous amounts as wages have taken the former president of the television Christos Panagopoulos - 348,737 euro, the Chief Economic Director Georgios Ifandis -  280,440 euro and the advisers Panagiotis Lukakou and Konstantinos Kekis who earned  257,252 euro per year each.

The report of the auditors revealed that illegal appointments were made, and the committees of finance for business planning and monitoring of the strategy have seated six times per month over time in order to justify their high salaries and each time they discussed on one subject (for example the purchase a podium).

Very expensive for the national television have turned out to be also the matches of the football club Olympiakos, for the broadcasting rights of which have been paid amounts up to 7.5 million annually, but also of the football club Xanthi, for which for one year have been spent 2.5 million euro.

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