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Public television reporters with monthly salaries of 3,500 euro

19 September 2012 / 15:09:51  GRReporter
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"Through-the-party" assignments in the public television ERT continue although the supervisory Troika insists on further reductions in the operating costs of the company by 20%.
Under this plan, the 75 billion euro raised through the ERT fee, which consumers must pay along with their electricity bills no matter whether they watch it or not, will be transferred to the empty funds of the Hellenic Energy Market Operator (LAGIE).
There is money obviously, since ERT is not experiencing difficulties in recruiting 13 journalists, directors and advisers, some of whom have a minimum length of service whereas others worked in small regional media.
According to previously published data, the salaries of newly appointed or promoted employees of the public television are:

Christina Armani, journalist - 3,500 euro gross salary.
Vassilis Tomopoulos, journalist - News Director in the General Information Department - 3,500 euro gross salary.
Manousos Kambanelis, the head of the office of the general manager - 3,500 euro gross salary.
Manolis Kotakis, the host of a talk show - 3,500 euro gross salary.
George Kouvaras, journalist - host - 3,500 euro gross salary.
Antonis Liaros, adviser to the programme for talk shows - 3,000 euro gross salary.
Efstathios Michail, special adviser on matters related to information technology - 3,000 euro gross salary.
George Bramos, coordinator of the first channel of the public television ET1 - 4,000 euro gross salary.
George Daulis, director - 4,000 euro gross salary.
Stavros Ikonomopoulos, special adviser on matters related to radio transmission - 3,000 euro gross salary.
Babis Papapanagiotou - 3,500 euro gross salary.
Matina Retsa, special adviser on communications issues - 3,000 euro gross salary.
Anti Salangoudi, host - 3,500 euro gross salary.
Menelaos Sevastiadis, coordinator of the sports programme of the public radio - 3,500 euro gross salary.

Meanwhile, the premiere of the morning talk show "It is happening now" will be postponed again because according to sources, ERT is still searching for a host. Initially, they had decided that the show should have two hosts - male and female. For this purpose, the young Anti Salangoudi, who has insignificant television experience and who was appointed to host an entertainment show, had been rehearsing along with journalist Vasilis Beskenis over the past few weeks. People at ERT decided to test her for the needs of the information block, but she failed to respond to demands and withdrew.
So, the public television is still seeking a woman to complete the team of hosts. Among the female candidates are some of the permanent employees of different departments but the right person has not yet been found. If all attempts fail, they will focus on applications from the free market, which means another "special" contract for Greek taxpayers. Parallel to these events, the contracts of television "stars" have been renewed. Their salaries are not disclosed, but according to experts, they are at least ten times higher than those previously mentioned.

All this is happening at a time when the governor of the Bank of Greece George Provopoulos has announced another reduction of his salary by 30%. In his letter to the President of the European Central Bank, Mario Draghi, he said that after this reduction, his salary will be 50% lower than in 2009.

Similar reductions are expected in the salaries of his deputies. Sources say that George Provopoulos’ decision to take these actions was prompted by a request from Deputy Minister of Finance Christos Staikouras following the orders of Prime Minister Antonis Samaras.

Tags: MediaPoliticsSalariesPublic television reportersERTGeorge Provopoulos
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