Mega TV employees welcome acquisition of troubled broadcaster; demand unpaid wages

The employees of Greece’s oldest private TV channel, Mega, welcomed on Thursday the recent acquisition of two large stakes in the troubled broadcaster by shipping magnate Vangelis Marinakis and a seperate share by Greek-Russian business tycoon Ivan Savvidis, saying it constitutes a positive development.

Marinakis has acquired 22.1 percent of the broadcaster and Savvidis 19.6 percent, while another 35 percent is owned by the Vardinoyannis Group.

“We are very close to a new beginning for the first private television station that operated in the country,” they said in a statement.

The journalists, technicians and administration employees said in the statement they hope the new shareholders and management they will appoint will recognize in practice the sense of responsibility shown by them and will pay all due wages. They also requested that they can maintain their jobs.

The employees of the troubled broadcaster have not been paid for a year but the channel remains open with their support.