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News Summary: Fired Greek broadcasters get airtime

The Associated Press

A protester, seen through a hole in a banner, takes part in a rally outside the Greek state television ERT headquarters during a 24-hour general strike in Athens, on Thursday, June 13, 2013. Greece's fragile governing coalition failed to reach a compromise Wednesday about the closure of the state-run ERT broadcaster. That left the government in a crisis that could lead to early elections, just a year after it was formed to save the country from bankruptcy. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

THEY'RE BACK: Journalists from axed Greek state broadcaster ERT returned to the airwaves Thursday amid an escalating crisis that saw the country rocked by a general strike and widening divisions in the coalition government.

HOW THEY DID IT: Officials at the Geneva-based European Broadcasting Union on Thursday said they had successfully relayed a live pirate broadcast from the sacked journalists to Greece, Europe, Asia and Oceania.

WHAT NEXT: The country's conservative-led government shut down state TV and radio Tuesday as part of its austerity measures. Greece is under pressure to fire civil servants as part of its commitments to bailout lenders.