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State media should become public and should not compete with private ones

25 November 2011 / 22:11:14  GRReporter
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Another "Achilles heel" is the parliamentary television, which is the subject of much adverse criticism, because of the number of people who work there, although its productions are limited. "Parliamentary television has not been established due to the inability of the state television to inform the public about the work of the National Assembly. It has been established as a result of pressure from politicians, who wanted to have a media and to control it completely, because they thought that they could have influence on people. However, they have forgotten to take into account that you can control the media, but you cannot oblige people to watch it."

George Plios indicated that ERT is rather a mix of private and state television, which should be transformed into public television. "It has been observed that lately we have been talking about the state television and we are not talking about the problems of private television. There are private broadcasters, who have not been profitable for years. In order to remain financially stable and not go bankrupt, they increase their share capital, without anyone controlling whether it is done in a lawful manner or not. They also take loans from banks but no one would have lent to them if they were not media companies having influence on the audience. We do not know whether they will repay the money ever. They often do not pay social security contributions and taxes. Recently, a TV director was arrested for non-payment of taxes. "

In conclusion, the sociologist defined public television as a "laboratory for experiments, creating new models of television broadcasts. No public television must follow the private and vice versa. We should forget about competing with private channels. It has to compete only with itself and its own measure of quality of news, films, theatre performances, music programmes, etc. Only in this way, will we have good private television too."

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