Kids round-up: Dandelooo feels ‘Gaston’s Emotions’; ‘Bluey’ bounds onto RAI & ERT; Cyber adapts ‘Phobos’

Dandelooo feels ‘Gaston’s Emotions’ French animation prodco and distributor Dandelooo is to adapt the children’s book series Gaston’s Emotions. The preschool comedy series is based on the books about a magical unicorn written by author and illustrator Aurélie Chien Chow Chine, who is developing the series alongside Chloé Sastre and Romain Gadiou. Dandelooo will hold worldwide […]

New Greek public broadcaster goes on air

Greece’s new interim public broadcaster has launched with the airing of a two-hour news programme. The news programme was fronted by two journalists and produced by staff freshly recruited for the service, some of whom are staff of the former public broadcaster ERT. The news service is headed by Vassilis Fomopoulos, former news director at […]

Greek public TV signal back on air

Greece has switched it public TV signal back on, as the government looks to transition to a new service following its shut down state broadcaster ERT last month. According to AFP, a screen reading ‘Greek public television’ (EDT) began to be broadcast yesterday on the main digital TV frequency formerly occupied by ERT. “This is […]

ERT crisis threatens to split Greek government

Greece’s governing coalition has been unable to agree on how to re-commence transmissions of shut-down public broadcaster ERT’s programming and could fall over the issue. The two junior coalition partners, Pasok and the Democratic Left, are at odds with prime minister Antonis Samaras of the New Democracy party, who wants to replace ERT with a […]

Greece’s ERT back on air

Greece’s public broadcaster ERT is to continue broadcasting during a restructure process after a Greek court ordered its services to be put back on air. The ruling followed prime minister Antonis Samaras’ decision to shut down the broadcaster overnight to save money a week ago, a move that led to widespread protests at home and […]

Euro pubcaster chiefs demand ERT is restored

Fifty European pubcaster bosses have demanded the Greek government reverses its decision to shutter national broadcaster ERT. France Televisions’ Remy Pflimlin, DR’s Maria Rørbye Rønn, ZDF’s Thomas Bellut, Rai’s Anna Maria Tarantola, the BBC’s Tony Hall and RTVE’s Leopoldo Gonzalez Echenique are among the signatories (above) of an open letter to Greek officials issued through […]

Greece plans scaled-down pubcaster

The Greek government has unveiled plans to open a new, small-scale public broadcaster as criticism of its decision to close down ERT mounts both at home and abroad. A Greek government spokesman announced plans to create a new service at the end of August with fewer than half the staff of the shut down ERT. […]

EBU urges Greece to reverse ERT closure

The European Broadcasting Union has urged the Greek prime minister to “use all his powers” to reverse a decision to close the territory’s public broadcaster ERT. This week, the Greek government announced it was using emergency powers to temporarily close ERT as a cost cutting measure, in a bid to ease the country’s desperate financial […]

Broadcasters line up for Horrid Henry

A raft of broadcasters have acquired animated kids series Horrid Henry. The show is produced by UK indie Novel Entertainment and distributed by Zodiak Rights. It has sold it to ERT in Greece, Mediacorp in Singapore, NRK in Norway, Pro Plus in Slovenia and Noga in Israel. Cartoon Network Asia Pacific, ZDF Germany and Digiturk […]

Rastamouse becomes Rastasouris for Canal+

Canal+ has ordered a French-language version of hit preschool series Rastamouse. DHX has inked a deal with the French premium channel and the local version of the series will be called Rastasouris. “Rastamouse is distinctive and unique, yet universal in appeal, due to the positive messages and themes at the heart of each episode, coupled […]