Greece's public TV network ERT shut down to save money

  • 12 June 2013
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Greece's public TV and radio network, ERT, has been shut down by the Greek government - to save money.

Viewers watching the news on the main TV channel saw their screens go black on Tuesday evening.

Around 2,500 staff at ERT have been sacked, sparking protests outside the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation.

It's the latest in a number of government spending cuts to help the country's massive debt problems.

"ERT is a case of an exceptional lack of transparency and incredible extravagance. This ends now," said government spokesman Simos Kedikoglou.

'Shocked'

"We are very shocked, we are angry," said ERT journalist Odin Linardatou. "What I cannot accept in a democracy is that Greece will not have a public broadcaster."

ERT is going to be relaunched on a smaller scale.

Leah visited Greece in November 2011 - watch her report on their money crisis

Greece's money problems

Greece is in a lot of debt - owing hundreds of billions of euros.

After Greece started using the euro in 2001, it became easier for them to borrow money and public spending rocketed.

The country spent a lot of cash on paying people higher wages, building projects and the 2004 Olympics in Athens.

Another major problem has been many people getting away with not paying their taxes for years.

Things have got so bad that other countries have had to step in and offer loans, called bailouts - totalling 240 billion euros (around £204 billion).

The Greek government's also had to make loads of cuts to things like schools and jobs, as well as raise taxes.