ERT3 (Greek: ΕΡΤ3), 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 (ERT), the public broadcaster of Greece. ERT 3 is a general entertainment channel: although it broadcasts nationwide, most of the content on ERT 3 centres on Northern Greek society: consequently, ERT 3 mainly broadcasts from Thessaloniki instead of the Radiomegaro in Athens, with regional studios in various cities in the north, including Florina, Komotini and Alexandroupolis and on the islands of Paros, Mytilini and Samos.
|Launched||14 December 1988 (as ET3)
29 June 2015 (as ERT 3)
|Picture format||576i (SDTV) 16:9|
|Formerly called||ET3 (1988–2015)|
|DVB-T||Channel 03, 45, 58|
|NOVA Greece||Channel 104|
|OTE TV||Channel 104|
|OTE 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 11 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.
Yellow is ERT 3's main colour: the use of yellow originates from when the number 3 was highlighted in yellow on logos, from its launch in 1988 to 2008.