The programs broadcast by the sacked employees of former state broadcaster ERT, which was shut down in June, went off air in most parts of Greece on Thursday when the Astra satellite stopped broadcasting their signal.

Hundreds of staff have continued their broadcasts in defiance of the government’s decision and despite the fact that a new public TV channel went on air last month.

ERT broadcasts can still be viewed online, at www.ertopen.com, and employees said they would try to restore the signal.