Greece: TV screens still blank amid dispute

A man holds a child, in front of the ERT3 building during a protest . Exactly one year ago, Greece�s conservative prime minister won the mandate to form a coalition government with a daunting brief: Restart punishing reforms, keep the debt-stifled country in the eurozone and end months of political chaos. The latter has proved harder, and Antonis Samaras is now making a last-ditch bid to quell a revolt by key allies over his decision to close the country�s state TV and radio broadcaster ERT, axing nearly 2,700 jobs to meet austerity targets. (AP Photo/Nikolas Giakoumidis)

A man holds a child, in front of the ERT3 building during a protest . Exactly one year ago, Greece�s conservative prime minister won the mandate to form a coalition government with a daunting brief: Restart punishing reforms, keep the debt-stifled country in the eurozone and end months of political chaos. The latter has proved harder, and Antonis Samaras is now making a last-ditch bid to quell a revolt by key allies over his decision to close the country�s state TV and radio broadcaster ERT, axing nearly 2,700 jobs to meet austerity targets. (AP Photo/Nikolas Giakoumidis)

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — State TV signals remain blank in Greece as parties in the governing coalition were still at odds over what to do with public broadcaster ERT.

Conservative Prime Minister Antonis Samaras averted the threat of a snap general election late Monday at a meeting with center-left coalition partners who strongly oppose his June 11 decision to close ERT and fire all its 2,600 staff.

Samaras and his partners agreed to continue negotiations and will meet again Wednesday.

Shares on the Athens Stock Exchange were up near 3 percent midday Tuesday, as markets in Europe were mixed.
Associated Press
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