This article is about the Greek TV network. For other uses, see ANT1 (disambiguation).
ANT1 logo
Launched 31 December 1989
Owned by ANT1 Group
Picture format 576i (SDTV) 16:9
1080i (HDTV) 16:9
Audience share 15,6% (6/10/2014-12/10/2014, AGB)
Country Greece
Language Greek
Broadcast area Internationally
Sister channel(s) Makedonia TV
Website ANT1 TV
DIGEA Channel 05, 07
NOVA Greece Channel 106
OTE TV Channel 107
OTE TV Channel 6
Streaming media
ANT1 TV Online

Antenna, better known as ANT1, is a television network airing in Greece and Cyprus. The alternate spelling is play on words in Greek; ena (ένα) is the Greek number 1 (one), thus ANT1 is pronounced the same as Antenna (Αντέννα).

It launched on 31 December 1989, the same year as rival Mega Channel, and is owned by ANT1 Group. ANT1 had been the most-popular network in Greece for years with its line up of hit series including popular dramas Lampsi and Kalimera Zoi. Programming consists of comedies, dramas, news, current affairs programs, game shows and entertainment shows.

The first broadcast was on 31 December 1989. One of the concept executive producers has been Nico Mastorakis who brought with him several original (for the Greek viewers) ideas after his stay in the United States. Programs like Wheel of Fortune (Greek version), and Oi Men Kai Oi Den were immediately among the top-ten shows in Greece. Cartoons used to be offered in the morning; most were shown in the Greek language.

Antenna also runs Easy 97.2 and Rythmos 94.9 (a local pop-music radio station in Athens), as well as international networks Antenna Satellite (from North America), Antenna Pacific (Australia) and Antenna Europe (from Europe and outside of the Balkans) which broadcast the best of ANT1 programming to audiences abroad. ANT1 has also launched a digital channel, Antenna Gold, that airs programming from Antenna's programming library including many number-one hit shows. It airs in North America via Dish Network.

It also owns a stake in Makedonia TV, a TV station with national coverage in Greece, based in Thessaloniki, and also Easy 97.5 & Rythmos 104, two radio stations in Thessaloniki.

Programs that were once shown on ANT1 include CBS Evening News from the U.S. ANT1 Satellite News was also shown until the late 1990s.

Antenna TV studios are located in the Athens suburb of Marousi. Its main Athens transmission tower is on Mount Hymettus. The station broadcasts terrestrially via a network of repeaters throughout all of Greece and Cyprus.

Antenna is led by Theodore Kyriakou. He served as Executive Vice President of the Antenna Group SA (from 1995) and as Chief Operating Officer (from September 1998) until his appointment in March 1999 as Chief Executive Officer, a position which he held until his appointment in January 2002 as Group Vice Chairman. Mr Kyriakou has been a Director since September 1998.

Before 1995, he worked for the CBS affiliate in Washington, D.C. owned by Gannett Broadcasting, WUSA. WUSA is a television station broadcasting on channel 9 in Washington, D.C. Once again owned by Gannett Broadcasting, WUSA is an affiliate of the CBS television network, and the longest-tenured affiliate of that network. WUSA's studios and transmitter are located in the Tenleytown neighborhood of Washington. He has also worked for Antenna Satellite in New York. He holds a degree in International Business and Finance and a degree in Physics from Georgetown University, where he graduated cum laude.

Mr Kyriakou is credited with reshaping the Antenna asset portfolio. in October 2008, he built up a war chest for potential media acquisitions following the sale Nova, the Bulgarian assets of his Antenna TV company to Modern Times Group of Sweden for €628m (£600m).

Interviewed following that transaction by the Financial Times, Mr Kyriakou said: “We will be looking at a variety of assets across the broad spectrum of the media world and across Europe.” As the FT reported, Antenna was founded by Mr Kyriakou’s father Minos in 1989 and it is now the largest Greek-language media company in the world with production companies, radio stations, magazines and television channels at home.

It also owns channels in the US and Australia, serving the large Greek-speaking populations in those countries.



Current programming lineup for 2016/2017 season:

News and information





ANT1 Group has launched a on-demand Internet streaming media pay-service available to viewers in Greece. Some programing include:

  • City Hopping, teen show about Athens' nightlife, movies, concerts etc. Hosted by Laura Narges
  • Bike Stories, teen show about bikes, hosted by Eleni Karpontini
  • Stick Around, teen drama, now it is in 4th season
  • The Flatmates, teen drama, now it is in 3rd season

  • The Cut, teen drama
  • Pink, teen drama
  • Signs of Life, drama
  • Girl Number 9, web thriller


ANT1 has had various slogans over the years including:

  • from 1989 until 1998: "ΑΝΤ1-ΝΟΥΜΕΡΟ ΕΝΑ" ("ANT1- The Number One")
  • 1998-1999 season: "ΟΛΑ ΓΙΑ ΣΕΝΑ" ("All for you")
  • 1999-2000 season: "ΟΛΑ ΓΙΑ ΣΕΝΑ" ("All for you") (renewed)
  • 2000-2001 season: "ΒΛΕΠΕΙΣ ΜΕ ΤΗΝ ΚΑΡΔΙΑ ΣΟΥ" ("You're watching with your heart")
  • 2001-2002 season: "ΚΑΛΥΤΕΡΑ ΜΑΖΙ" ("Better together")
  • 2003-2004 season: "BΛΕΠΩ ANT1" ("I'm watching ANT1")
  • 2004-2005 season: "Η ΖΩΗ ΘΕΛΕI ANT1" ("Life wants ANT1")
  • 2005-2006 season: "ΟΛΑ ΠΑΙΖΟΥΝ" ("Everything's possible")
  • 2005-2006 season : "ΔΥΝΑΤΑ" ("Loud")
  • 2006-2007 season: "MH XANEIΣ ΣTIΓMH" ("Don't miss a moment")
  • 2007-2008 season: "ΒΛΕΠΕΙΣ ΚΑΛΑ. ΕΙΝΑΙ ΑΝΤ1." ("You see it right. It's ANT1.")
  • 2008-2012 season: "FRESH"
  • 2012–2014 season: "ΤΑ ΩΡΑΙΟΤΕΡΑ ΠΡΑΓΜΑΤΑ ΣΤΗ ΖΩΗ, ΔΕΝ ΕΙΝΑΙ ΠΡΑΓΜΑΤΑ." ("The most beautiful things in life, are not things.")
  • 2014–Summer 2015: "ΟΛΟΙ ΕΔΩ." ("Everybody here")
  • Summer 2015 - Autumn 2015:"Καλοκαίρι εδώ ("Summer here")
  • Autumm 2015–present: ANT1

ANT1 Abroad

Since 1996, Antenna has broadcast its programming internationally for Greek-speaking audiences abroad. Initially the broadcast was for a few hours each day but has since evolved into a full channel that operates twenty-four hours a day. ANT1 currently operates three television channels, via satellite, which vary according to the different geographical targets:

ANT1 Satellite and ANT1 Pacific started broadcasting in 1996 with a very limited schedule for only a few hours a day. In 2000, both channels expanded to a full 24-hour schedule featuring the 'best of Antenna' including popular shows, news, sports and special events.

ANT1 Europe launched in early 2006 but is only available outside Greece and not in neighbouring countries such as Albania, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Romania and Serbia.


The ANT1 from the evening of March 1, 2016, began its broadcast in high definition (HD). The program is transmitted is the normal broadcast and the frequency of simple definition, but the parent (native HD) broadcast only emissions that have been shot with this analysis. So far transmitted pilot.


The first ANT1 logo was colored with gold with ANT flattened 20 degrees to the right and the number 1 is bolded at size 2. At the left edges of the number 1, two lines starting from A to 1. The line at the top is short and the line at the bottom is long. The logo appeared at the top-left on the screen. Due to its brightness, the logo could cause burn-in on rear projection and plasma TVs. A defined image of the logo will appear permanently on the TV screen.

On 17 September 2007, ANT1 launched the new pink logo which also included a new on-screen logo. The logo was more subtle and did not cause the problems mentioned above.

On 15 September 2008, ANT1 dropped the pink branding and launched a new look and logo. The logo does not feature the lines above and below the word ANT1.

See also


  1. "Marinakis wins Greek TV licence". Retrieved 2016-09-02.

External links

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