The Lambrakis Press Group will defend its right to operate a private television network within the framework of a free…
The Lambrakis Press Group will defend its right to operate a private television network within the framework of a free economy. Obviously it recognizes the State’s right to tax the media, which must fulfill their mission by adhering to the rule of the law.
The rules and regulation governing the operation of private television have been the focus of many discussions and open disagreements, primarily amongst the political parties. The story is old.
Television, as a public good, was born and made its first steps at… OTE. That is where public television first operated, with the State absent, at the offices on Patision Street, rather that at the offices headquarters of the National Radio Foundation. The dictatorship installed the illustrious YENED (military television) at an army building on Mesogion Street, where the radio station of the Armed Forces was housed.
Setting aside events regarding the operation of television and radio stations, from the restoration of democracy and onwards, we reached 1989. The times have moved on and the Greek people now demand private television. The Papandreou government is unable to grasp reality and what with nature abhoring a vacuum, a group of publishers supporting both the government and opposition “founded” private television.
Since then the situation in television is chaotic, where ALL “small” and “major” stations were founded arbitrarily.
All these years private television has operated with unfair terms. Some paid taxes, others did not pay a dime.
Private television truly needs a reconstruction. Transparency and equality before the law must be paramount. There are many authoritative legal experts in Greece who can preprate the legal framework for the operation of a free television.
The urgently voted legislative acts however bring to a mind a proverb that says that “now that we found a priest, let us bury five or six more”…
Stavros P. Psycharis
Originally published in the Sunday print edition