ERT3 (Greek: ΕΡΤ3; short for Ellinikí Radiophonia Tileórasi 3; Greek: Ελληνική Ραδιοφωνία Τηλεόραση 3; Greek for Hellenic Radio and Television 3), formerly ET3 (short for Ellinikí Tileórasi 3; Greek: Ελληνική Τηλεόραση 3; Greek for Hellenic Television 3) is the third television channel of the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation (Greek: Ελληνική Ραδιοφωνία Τηλεόραση), the public broadcaster of Greece.
ERT3 is an entertainment channel: although it broadcasts nationwide, most of the content on ERT3 centres on Northern Greek society: consequently, ERT3 mainly broadcasts from Thessaloniki instead of the Broadcasting House in Athens, with regional studios in various cities in the north, including Florina, Komotini, Alexandroupoli and on the islands of Paros, Mytilene and Samos.
14 December 1988 (ET3) |
29 June 2015 (ERT3)
|Picture format||576i (SDTV) 16:9|
|Audience share||3.2% (3/6/2013-9/6/2013, AGB)|
|Formerly called||ET3 (1988–2015)|
|DVB-T||Channel 03, 45, 58|
|NOVA Greece||Channel 104|
|COSMOTE TV||Channel 104|
|COSMOTE TV||Channel 105|
|ERT3 Live||Watch Live|
The channel launched as ET3 (Greek: Ελληνική Τηλεόραση 3, Ellinikí Tileórasi 3) on 14 December 1988, following the merger of public TV and radio services into ERT, as a single entity.
On 11th of June 2013, the Greek coalition government (then with Antonis Samaras as Prime Minister) abolished ERT and attempted to close the Thessaloniki studio, but the station's employees continued to unofficially transmit ET3 via the Internet as part of the ERT Open movement, protesting the closure of public television and producing citizen journalism. Exactly two years later, the following coalition government (with Alexis Tsipras as Prime Minister instead) restored ERT as part of the counter-austerity measures: on the same day, ET3 adopted its current name and identity. The channel, under the new name ERT3, returned on all domestic television platforms.