News Summary: Greek TV shutdown triggers crisis

The Associated Press
June 12, 2013

SHUTDOWN: TV and radio signals from the Hellenic Broadcasting Corp. went dead early Wednesday, hours after the government closed the broadcaster and fired its 2,500 workers.

REACTION: The country's two largest labor unions called a 24-hour general strike for Thursday with flights from Greece's airports set to halt for two hours that day. There was fierce opposition from Greece's coalition government. Several thousand protesters gathered outside the company's headquarters as its journalists defied the order and continued a live Internet broadcast.

BACK STORY: Since being bailed out three years ago, Greece has been on a cost-cutting drive demanded by its international creditors.