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EBU restores ERT’s news service via its earth station

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) yesterday took the step of putting Greek broadcaster ERT’s news coverage back on air, allowing Greek satellite subscribers to watch NET, the station’s news channel, on television.

Until this development, ERT’s output was only available via a live stream on the EBU website, redirected from ERT’s signal, which was carried back to EBU headquarters in Geneva. But EBU engineers have implemented a workaround to retransmit ERT’s signal via the EBU’s Athens earth station.

At around 3.45pm (CET) NET’s news programmes, being produced at ERT’s Thessaloniki studios despite the government order to cease operations, reappeared on Greek screens.

The signal is also being made available globally on these satellites: Hotbird 13A in Europe, APSTAR 7 in Asia, Intelsat 19 and Optus D2 in Oceania.

The decision to take steps to keep ERT on air was made by the EBU Executive Board on Wednesday.