Greeks raise nearly 250m with sale of four TV licences in great media shakeup

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Publication Date 02/09/2016
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Greece's government launched on 30 August 2016 an auction for four private national television licenses, reducing the number from seven after a heated public debate on corruption in the country.

Eight bidders were billed to take part in the auction during which they wouldn't be allowed to leave the building or communicate with rivals or the outside world until the bidding process was over.

Greek judges decided on 26 October that the auction was flawed, throwing into disarray the initiative of the government.

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