Fire against the management of ERT for the continued shrinking and obsolescence of ERT3as they characterize it, express it with their protest letter that they sent 27 journalists from Thessaloniki to ESIEMTH.
The letter was sent to the Board of Directors of ESIEMTH on November 3 and is expected to be discussed at today’s meeting of the body of journalists of Macedonia – Thrace.
According to information from Voria.gr, the letter was written on the occasion of the reports on the merger of ERT2-ERT3 and the tape-recorded transmission of the regional news insert in the 15:00 bulletin on Wednesday, November 1.
The journalists who signed the said letter note that despite any announcements that have been heard recently about the upgrading of ERT3, the daily operation reveals the opposite, since as they claim “we are experiencing the discrediting of the journalistic potential in practice, with executives demobilized, with colleagues without an object, with journalists carrying out the orders of some from Athens”.
In their call for the substantial intervention of ERT3, the signatories of the letter to ESIEM-Th conclude that “in one of its last announcements, ESIEMTH called on the operators of Macedonia and Thrace to face the weakening of ERT3, as their personal loss and react.
However, we are afraid that only a short time after this announcement, ESIEMTH itself has now accepted the loss. If it is not so, please disprove us… but in practice.”
In detail, the letter from ERT3 journalists to ESIEMTH is as follows:
“To the Board of Directors of ESIEMTH,
In the last few days, we have been reading, in a series of publications, about changes that are planned in ERT and in particular in ERT3. Plans, which when implemented will drastically change the operation of public television in Thessaloniki and in our opinion will affect the work of journalists at ERT3 or whatever it will be called.
For these plans, unfortunately, there is no information, much less any dialogue, as the management of ERT is used to. On the contrary, through publications this time, and according to its favorite argumentation, the management of ERT is again talking about “upgrading” ERT3, but without answering key questions.
• What will change in the position of ERT3 in the organizational chart of ERT?
• What will change in the structure of ERT3’s services and in the integration of its staff?
• What will change in the programming and control of the daily TV feed?
• What will change in the already scarce information program?
For all these and for many more, which concern the essence of journalism and information on ERT3, answers are due. But mostly truths. Why, less than two months have passed and the big-mouthed declarations of the local General Directorate to strengthen the informative role of ERT3 and a multitude of informative broadcasts are wrecked in the unknown waters of a merger that occurs without study, without a plan, without consultation.
Because, since September we have been living the degradation in practice, with ERT3 absent from major events, such as the floods in Thessaly, the TIF, the regional and municipal elections. Why, since September we have been living the devaluation of our work in action, with a few news inserts called ERT3’s “bulletins” and with a regional news “bulletin” being crushed, rather deliberately, in the competition of regular news bulletins.
Because, since September, we have been experiencing the discrediting of the journalistic potential in practice, with executives decommissioned, with colleagues without a purpose, with journalists under the orders of some from Athens.
And if to these is added the daily life that journalists experience in a silent newsroom, cut off from the news and far from cutting-edge current affairs, then even the recent – unprecedented for journalistic data – taped transmission of the regional news insert, does not it’s already impressive.
The nuggets of informational program do not reverse the image of a channel that is deliberately driven into decline, only for those who lead it to decline to come in a second time and as saviors to give it the kiss of life and “upgrade” it, by merging with ERT 2, in cultural or whatever else comes up.
In one of its latest announcements, ESIEMTH called on the agencies of Macedonia and Thrace to face the weakening of ERT3 as their personal loss and to react. However, we are afraid that only a short time after this announcement, ESIEMTH itself has now accepted the loss.
If not, please disprove us… in practice though.
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