Greek Broadcast Media Going Off the Air

ATHENS, Greece (AP) -

Greek Broadcast Media began going off the air, hours after the government said it would temporarily close all state-run broadcasts, with the loss of about 2,500 jobs.

Hellenic Broadcasting Corp., or ERT, broadcasts went dead in several areas on Tuesday, less than an hour before midnight.

It said ERT has been formally disbanded, and authorities would “secure” the corporation’s facilities.

The government said the company will reopen “as soon as possible” with a smaller workforce. It wasn’t clear how long that would take, and whether all stations would reopen.

The move heralds the first direct public sector layoffs in more than three years of painful austerity demanded by the bailed-out nation’s international creditors.