ATHENS – Another member of the supervisory council of Greece’s new national broadcaster NERIT quit on Oct. 4 to protest government interference in operation of the network.
Andreas Zoulas became the fourth member of the board in the last month to resign in disgust and he’s expected to be followed by yet another, Tatiana Karapanagioti as critics said the government of Prime Minister and New Democracy Conservative leader Andreas Samaras has reneged on his vow to make the station’s operation transparent.
Samaras last year fired all 2,653 workers at the former national broadcaster ERT under pressure from international lendrs who wanted the public workforce cut and as he complained it was full of dead wood, although many of the workers were put there by his party and the coalition’s partner, the PASOK Socialists.
Zoulas said it was the duty of those on NERIT’S board to “do our legally imposed duty and condemn government interventions and the unacceptable conditions of operation at NERIT.”
His departure follows the resignations last month of NERIT’s CEO Antonis Makrydimitris, his deputy Rodolfos Moronis and Christos Chomenidis, another member of the supervisory board.
Chomenidis questioned the independence of the board and suggested that it was being undermined by “decisions taken elsewhere, by others” while Moronis also lashed out at the political leadership that installed NERIT’S board.
“If you declare that you want to create something independent, objective and of good quality but you don’t mean it, don’t assign the job to someone who does,” he said.
The mass departures of NERIT board members last month sparked criticism but Parliament’s institutions and transparency committee refused to investigate. The government controls the Parliament.