The national Radio Television Council announced yesterday that it would recommend granting national television licenses to six stations. Of those six, four are already operating, while two have not yet gone on the air.
As expected, the Council proposed licenses for Mega Channel and Antenna, the two largest private TV stations in the country. Also expected was the approval for the small but influential Seven-X, which specializes in cultural programming.
Also approved was Channel 29, or K29, which is aligned with the opposition Socialist party. Its application was originally rejected by the council’s president, Panayiotis Ladas, but the full council voted in favor of the station by a relatively solid margin of 11 out of 19 votes.
Two new stations have also been approved, Sky TV and New Television. Originally, Sky TV’s application was also rejected by Ladas.
Alafouzos and Sky Radio are generally sympathetic to the ruling conservative party, but they are also conspicuously opposed to the present government and prime minister, Constantine Mitsotakis. But the council overturned its president , 11-8.
Finally, and undoubtedly as a balance to SkyTV, the council approved the application of New Television, whose owners are considered to be very close to Mitsotakis.