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Welcome to the digital era!

Responsible bodies


On June 16, 2006, at the Regional Radiocommunication Conference of the International Telecommunication Union [I.T.U.] held in Geneva, a treaty agreement was signed for the transition from analogue to digital broadcasting of television programs in countries belonging to Region 1, including our country.

Upon this agreement, the Greek government took the responsibility of adopting and implementing the legislation which would guarantee the switchover project within the framework set by I.T.U. The responsible parties for the project in our country were and still are the Ministry of Infrastructure, Transport and Networks, the Minister of State, the Hellenic Telecommunication and Post Commission [E.E.T.T. in Greek] and the National Broadcasting Council [E.S.R. in Greek].


International Telecommunication Union [I.T.U.]

I.T.U. is United Nation’s specialized organization within which governments and private sectors coordinate the establishment and operation of networks and telecommunication services. It is responsible for the regulation, standardization, coordination and development of international telecommunications, as well as the harmonization of national policies. According to its decision, all countries globally were required to proceed from analogue to digital television signal transmission by June 17, 2015.

 

More information about I.T.U. here.


Ministry of Infrastructure, Transport and Networks & Minister of State

In Greece, the historic project of the transition from analogue to digital television was undertaken with the coordination of the Ministry of Infrastructure, Transport and Networks, and more specifically from the General Secretary of the Hellenic Telecommunication and Post Commission. In other words, this Ministry created the legal framework within which the digital network would be be developed and the switchover performed.

With Joint Ministerial Decisions [J.M.D.] issued in corresponding pages in the Governmental Gazette, the two Ministries determined the required elements and specifications for the development of the digital terrestrial television network.

Specifically, J.M.Ds. define the following:

 

More information about the Ministry of Infrastructure, Transport and Networks as well as the corresponding decisions about the digital switchover can be found here.


Hellenic Telecommunication and Post Commission

The Commission was introduced in 1992 as Hellenic Telecommunication Committee [E.E.T. in Greek], however its formal operation began in 1995 where, bearing additional responsibilities, was renamed Hellenic Telecommunication and Post Commission. By being an independent body, the commission controls and supervises:

  • The electronic communication sector within which fixed and mobile telephony, wireless communication and internet businesses operate.
  • The post industry, where postal and courier service providers operate.

In addition, the Commission also acts as a competition committee for these industries.

 

According to its governing legal framework, the Commission:

  • Defines the cases where radiofrequency usage rights are required.
  • Grants radiofrequency usage rights.
  • Sets radiofrequency usage fees.
  • Monitors and controls spectrum usage [imposing sanctions to illegal analogue and digital broadcasting].
  • Keeps the national radiofrequency registry.
  • Grants the licenses for terrestrial antenna constructions.
  • Is the responsible body regarding any interference problems arising from the specified frequencies.

For the digital switchover project, the Commission was responsible for the granting of digital terrestrial broadcasting frequency usage rights to network providers. Based on its decision, as announced on February 2, 2014, following tendering and evaluation of the result, Digea was declared tenderer for all frequency spectrum usage rights of national and regional coverage, with the objective of developing the digital terrestrial television network, which signified the final transition to digital terrestrial television.

 

More information about the Hellenic Telecommunication and Post Commission here.


National Broadcasting Council

The National Broadcasting Council was founded in 1989 and is one of the first independent bodies in Greece. Its basic duties involve the granting of operation licenses to privately-owned radio and television stations and the supervision of broadcasting legislation compliance by all privately-owned and public broadcasters.

In other words, the Council is responsible for the supervision of radio and television program content [note: TV stations are content providers, while Digea a network provider].

As far as regional channels are concerned, following appraisal of their program completeness, the Council approves their capability to broadcast their programs digitally during the transition period until they are granted licenses.

The National Broadcasting Council is not controlled neither takes orders from the government. It is only subject to review by the Term and Transparency Committee [in terms of procedures] of the Government’s Supreme Court, which is the Council of State.

 

In summary, the National Broadcasting Council’s responsibilities are:

  • Content supervision of television and radio programs so that:
    • The intended purposes of objective information and news transmission are met, as well as speech and art products.
    • Quality levels of radio and television programs are ensured in relation to the country’s cultural development, the respect of human value/ dignity and the protection of children.
  • Code of Conduct establishment regarding news programs, advertisements and entertainment shows, which are ratified by Presidential Decree.
  • Issuance of planned notices and granting, renewal and revocation of terrestrial television and radio station operation licenses, plus any license types and approvals included in the broadcasting legislation.
  • Constituency directives, recommendations or questions to public or private entities.
  • Opinion-giving with respect to provisions, laws and regulatory acts applied.
  • Media business register keeping, with data about the ownership status of media companies and businesses operating in the wider media industry.
  • Provision abidance supervision relating to proprietary restrictions in terms of holding radio and television station businesses as well as data publishing with respect to the ownership status of radio and television stations.
  • Provision abidance supervision, as a whole, governing the operation of public and private radio and television businesses, as well as content monitoring of public broadcasting media and imposition of sanctions.

 

More information about the National Broadcasting Council here [available in Greek only].


Note: Joint Ministerial Decision and other Formal documents are only available in Greek.