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ERT head members resign; Greek participation in danger?

Earlier today, two head members of the Greek broadcaster resigned from their positions. ERT has already confirmed their participation, but what does the resignation mean for the country’s future in the contest?

Two directive members resign

Yesterday, the State Secretary for Digital Policy requested that Giorgos Thalassinos and Vasilis Kostopoulos, the two head members of ERT, step down from their positions. According to the State Secretary, the reason for the requested dismissal was their conflicting views and irreconcilable differences.

The decision for a change in the broadcaster’s directive was taken during the recent meeting of SYRIZA, under Greece’s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. This marks the 3rd change in administration for the broadcaster in the last three years.

Following this statement, both members announced their resignations this morning. However, Thalassinos made it clear in his resignation letter that the reason was not “irreconcilable differences”, as the reports said.

I have to clarify that the differences with Vasilis Kostopoulos were political (as to what needs to happen with ERT), administrative and ethical. It was not at all “irreconcilable differences” or personal ambitions service. I am sure that you know this well. However, it is obvious that I put my resignation at your disposal and I wish you good luck in your work for ERT.

The resignation letter of Giorgos Thalassinos

What does this mean for Eurovision?

Greece has already confirmed their participation in Tel Aviv. However, the resignation of the two administrative members, puts the Greek participation in prominent danger. 

The ministry will soon proclaim the two leading positions. However, this is a process that may take a while due to several law procedures. In the meantime, important decisions cannot be taken within the broadcaster, including those for Eurovision. The previous board approved the country’s participation but did not decide the selection process, meaning that the country will not have any plans for a while. However, it is possible that the new board will not approve the country’s participation, leaving Greece out of the competition last minute.

Greece’s most recent entry in the competition.

What do you think of the situation? Do you think ERT will manage to pull through and select their entry for Tel Aviv eventually? 

Let us know in the comment section below, or on all social media platforms @ESCXTRA.

Dimitris Ioannou

I'm Dimitris, from Cyprus. Eurovision has been a big part of my life for so long now. My first memories of the contest go back to 2005, which was a special year as Greece had won with Helena Paparizou. But 2009 was truly the first year I became a die-hard Eurofan, which is why that year holds a special place in my heart.

Comments on ERT head members resign; Greek participation in danger?

  • Martin

    Come on guys, this is click bate with no substance whatsoever. If you’ve had a clear indication that their Eurovision participation is at risk then fair enough but this vague speculation is a waste of everyone’s time. You can do better than this.

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