Greek High Court Backs SYRIZA’s TV License Sale Plan

ATHENS – A request by Greek TV stations to halt a sale of licenses has been set aside by the country’s highest court.

The ruling Radical Left SYRIZA-led coalition said it will put up on bid on Aug. 30 the rights to only four private TV stations in the country, forcing three to go out of business amid charges by critics the government wants to control the media and squelch detractors.

The Council of State rejected the requests of seven TV networks for a temporary suspension of the TV tender, setting aside arguments the sale shouldn’t go on before the court ruled on the broader question of whether the sale is lawful.

The court also said that it will discuss separate requests submitted by the same TV stations on the procedure on Sept. 16 – after the licenses have been granted and some stations will be forced to close.