Greece: A Continuous Interplay between Media and Politicians. Media in Third-Wave Democracies. Southern and Central/Eastern Europe in a Comparative Perspective
«Greece: A Continuous Interplay between Media and Politicians. Media in Third-Wave Democracies. Southern and Central/Eastern Europe in a Comparative Perspective. Edited by Péter Bajomi-Lázár. Budapest, L'Harmattan, 2017.
This chapter aims at describing the effects of media modernisation and commercialisation on journalism and politics in contemporary Greece. The Greek case is interesting for two main reasons: first, Greece appears to be very flexible and adaptive to new media developments; second, these developments are still heavily influenced by the country’s troubled political history. It could be argued that it is not a coincidence that television licenses have not been granted for 27 years. Successive governments since 1989, the year of television deregulation, appear to have been playing an “on and off” game with television owners who also have other interests in the Greek economy. Today, it seems that we have entered a new era of “interplay” between media owners and politicians. In 2016, a new round of television licences was announced by the government.