Launched 23 February 1966
11 June 2015 (relaunch)
Owned by ERT
Picture format 576i (SDTV) 16:9
Audience share 6.4% (8/6/2015 - 14/6/2015, AGB)
Country Greece
Language Greek
Broadcast area Internationally
Headquarters Athens, Greece
Formerly called EIRT (1966-1975)
ERT (1975-1982)
ERT1 (1982-1987)
ENA (1993-1994)
ET1 (1987-1993, 1994-2013)
ERT1 (2015-)
Replaced Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation
Sister channel(s) ERT2
ERT World
Website ΕRΤ1
DVB-T Channel 01
NOVA Greece Channel 102
OTE TV Channel 103
OTE TV Channel 103
Streaming media
ERT1 Live Watch Live

ERT1 (short for Ellinikí Radiophonia Tileórasi 1)[1](Greek: ΕΡΤ1), formerly ET1 (short for Ellinikí Tileórasi 1; Greek: Ελληνική Τηλεόραση 1; Greek for Hellenic Television 1), is the flagship television network of ERT, the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation. It was launched in 1966 as a television service of the EIRT. Before being previously closed by the last Greek government, ET1 was mainly an entertainment and cultural channel, but it also used to broadcast various types of programming such as documentaries, news, sports and children's shows. On 11 June 2015 ERT was reopened and ET1 channel was renamed to ERT1, technically replacing NERIT1. ERT1 is now the most important Greek public channel and focuses mainly on news and sports broadcasts. The channel's current programming includes talk shows, movies, popular foreign shows and some cultural shows.


The channel launched on 23 February 1966 as part of the National Radio and Television Foundation (Greek: Εθνικό Ίδρυμα Ραδιοφωνίας-Τηλεόρασης or EIRT), and it was the first general television channel in Greece (YENED, then orientated towards the Greek Armed Forces only, went on air four days later, on 27 February 1966): it remained the only general television channel until 3 November 1982, when the Greek Armed Forces relinquished ownership of YENED to ERT (the latter having replaced EIRT on 3 December 1975).[2]

On 18 August 2011, the government under George Papandreou proposed to close ET1 and redistribute its programmes to ERT's two remaining television channels, NET (New Hellenic Television) and ET3. However, the Greek coalition government (then with Antonis Samaras as Prime Minister) abolished ERT entirely on 11 June 2013, resulting in widespread condemnation. ET1 went off air on the same day, but ERT's employees at Radiomegaro kept NET on air, with the assistance of the European Broadcasting Union, who sent satellite retransmission vans to the station's headquarters, via the Internet and as part of the ERT Open movement, until riot police evicted them on 7 November 2013: employees from the Thessaloniki studio continued to unofficially transmit ET3, also via the Internet and under the same movement, until 11 June 2015.

On 11 June 2015, exactly two years after the closure of ET1, the following coalition government (with Alexis Tsipras as Prime Minister instead) restored ERT as part of the counter-austerity measures: on the same day, ET1 became ERT1 under ERT’s current identity scheme. It technically replaced NERIT1 on its frequencies.


Shows include:




20.10.1997 – 10.2003 10.2003 – 7.6.2008 7.6.2008 – 11.6.2013 11.6.2015 – today

See also


  1. "Case C-260/89 - Elliniki Radiophonia Tileorassi AE v Dimotiki Etairia Pliroforissis and Sotirios Kouvelas". External link in |website= (help)
  2. "Law No. 230 of 1975". Government Gazette (in Greek). Athens: National Printing House. A (272): 2029–2032. 3 December 1975. Retrieved 11 June 2015.

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