The so-called “shock revelations” made by the Star and Alpha television channels’ legal representative regarding the TV licence tender process were shown to be “nonsense”, an announcement by the General Secretariat for News and Communication asserted on Friday.
“They highlighted once again the lack of any serious arguments against the television licences tender process,” the announcement said, noting that this had been fully transparent and was completed “successfully and unimpeachably”.
“All that was heard today engenders mirth but is also part of a broader plan to mislead public opinion,” the announcement added.
In a press conference at a central Athens hotel on Friday, a legal representative of Star and Alpha claimed that a series of violations were carried out during the tender auction that have been recorded by cameras monitoring the process throughout.
According to the lawyer, Greek prosecuting authorities should intervene independently. He also announced sending a report to the European Commission regarding final bidder Ioannis Kalogritsas, who eventually backed out, and the alleged “zero bids” made by Ivan Savvidis in the auction. He urged Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to view the material recorded on camera and take action to stop the tender process, noting that this “harms Greek democracy and his government.”