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Athens News Agency: News in English, 07-09-25

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

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  • [01] PASOK leader to address PG on Wednesday
  • [02] New, expanded TV frequency chart unveiled

  • [01] PASOK leader to address PG on Wednesday

    Main opposition PASOK party leader George Papandreou will be addressing the party's Parliamentary Group on Wednesday, the day on which Parliamentary deputies will be taking their oath.

    Meanwhile, National Council secretary Nikos Athanasakis has sent a circular to party organisations calling for a start to relevant procedures regarding the assessment of the election results, cautioning members and cadres that the procedures "must not remain introversive."

    Athanasakis noted that procedures must begin immediately at local, prefectural and regional level to enable Regional Committees to send their assessment to the Assessment Committee by September 28 in light of the National Council meeting on October 6-7.

    He also added that in the elections "despite the considerable losses of the New Democracy party, PASOK also registered great losses since we did not succeed in incorporating the social forces that rejected government policies," while pointing out that "we sustained a painful defeat and we must discuss it seriously and responsibly."

    Consultations are continuing in PASOK ahead of the election of the party's leader on November 11 and Papandreou is preparing himself for the first Parliamentary confrontation, in the wake of the elections, in the framework of the government's policy statements at the end of the week.

    [02] New, expanded TV frequency chart unveiled

    An allocated television frequency chart to be employed for Greece's transition to the digital era was presented in Athens by the two relevant ministers on Tuesday.

    Minister of State Theodoros Roussopoulos, new Transport and Communications Minister Costis Hatzidakis and Athens University Professor Christos Kapsalis noted that until now Greece lagged far behind most west European countries in digital technology.

    The restructuring, Roussopoulos said, will rectify the situation and provide Greek television viewers with better services and improved audiovisual quality.

    In May 2006, Greece acquired the right of use for a total of 2,500 frequencies, 357 of which are digital, he noted, adding that only 137 analog frequencies had been acquired between 1961 and 2006.

    Responding to a question on which television stations will acquire new frequencies, Roussopoulos said there are only eight national frequencies allocated to private broadcasters, whereas licensing decisions are made by the Greek National Council for Radio and Television (NCRTV), an independent authority that supervises and regulates the radio-TV sector.

    A number of frequencies will be available telemedicine, telecommerce or other services, Roussopoulos said, adding that viewers will have access to electronic media information or movie banks, while the digital television programme could be viewed via mobile phone.

    Digital technologies, merchant marine, and tourism will be the three pylons on which the country will be based to take the leap to the new era, Transport Minister Hatzidakis pointed out, while expressing a view that more job positions will be created as a result.

    Finally, Prof. Kapsalis presented the new chart and outlined the necessary prerequisites for television stations in Greece to be able to broadcast digitally by 2015.

    Caption: Minister of State Theodoros Roussopoulos appears at a press conference in Athens, dated 28 August 2007. ANA-MPA / K. MAVRONA.


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