We were sadly informed on the intention to close the 3rd Program (HF) of Macedonia Radio Station of ERT3, within the context of restructuring ERT. A program addressing Greeks abroad since 1952.
Its establishment coincided with the major immigration wave from northern Greece, across the globe and has served for multiple decades as a bridge of communication with the homeland, but also one of the few media providing timely and consistent information on what is happening in Greece.
The 3rd Program was a supporter to efforts made to establish the World Council of Hellenes Abroad in 1995. Through live broadcasts, tributes, special broadcasts and interviews, it provided a means of expression to Diaspora organizations’ representatives, eminent Greek Diaspora figures from all over the world, but also every Greek living abroad.
All these years it has developed a profound relationship of trust with the Greek Diaspora, worldwide. It gave, and continues to give, access to news and information, even for 1st generation Diaspora Greeks, and all those who lack the required knowledge on technology and informatics. It is clear that the development of new communication forms, should not lead to the exclusion of groups that have no access to them.
We believe that Thessaloniki, as a capital of Diaspora Hellenism, as it was acknowledged by all Greek governments, is entitled to its own voice across the Greek Diaspora on events regarding and taking place in the city.
SAE is issuing an appeal to the Greek Government to reconsider this decision and encourage the strengthening and support of all Greek Radio and Television programs, addressing the Greek Diaspora.