|Slogan||Mega όπως πάντα! (Mega as always!)|
Mega Mou (My Mega)
|Headquarters||Megalou Alexandrou 35, Athens, Greece|
|Picture format||1080i HDTV (downscaled to 16:9 aspect ratio 576i for the SDTV feed)|
|Owner||Alter Ego Mass Media Co. S.A. (Evangelos Marinakis)|
|Launched||20 November 1989|
17 February 2020 (Relaunch)
|Digea||All over Greece at local frequencies|
|Cosmote TV||Channel 5|
|Cosmote TV||Channel 112|
|Live Streaming||Official Web TV|
MEGA Channel, also known as MEGA TV or just MEGA, is a television network in Greece, that broadcasts a mix of foreign and Greek programming.
It is the first and the oldest private television network in Greece.
Mega was the first private television station to launch in Greece on 20 November 1989 and was the trade name of Teletypos S.A. (Τηλέτυπος A.E.)
The channel regularly achieved the top ratings spot in Greece through its varied programming including comedies, dramas, news, current affairs and entertainment shows. Examples include the popular Greek comedies Sto Para Pente , Savatogenimmenes and Maria, i Aschimi .
The channel was also granted the rights to Victoria Hislop's novel The Island. This became a 26 episode drama series called To Nisi. The show was the most expensive show in Greek television history with a budget of €4 million.
Since 2012, the parent company had been experiencing financial issues due to poor borrowing practises. In 2016, the channels debts were reported to be approximately 116 million euros. At the same time, reports of staff being unpaid began to emerge.
In 2016, it was reported that the company was restructuring loans in order to continue operations. This was despite the fact the company didn't proceed with a share capital increase of 15 million euros that was agreed in exchange for the banks agreeing to extend their return to 2021.
The staff of Mega Channel continued to keep the channel on air despite not being paid and being ignored by the parent company. The decision was taken to cease all news and live programming and instead focus on rebroadcasting content from their extensive program library without commercial breaks.
The channel continued broadcasting until it was removed from the platforms. The channel was removed by Digea (the company responsible for digital over-the-air broadcasting in Greece) at 02:08:36 on the morning of 28 October 2018. The channel was then also removed from pay-TV platforms on 30 November 2018. The channel did continue to broadcast via online streaming from its webpage.
On 1 November 2019, the Mega Channel branding, logo and vast program library were put up for auction.
The winning bid of 33,999,999 euros belonged to Alter Ego Mass Media Co. S.A. which is owned by Evangelos Marinakis.
Following the auction, plans were put in place to re-launch Mega.
On 17 February 2020, the channel relaunched with a variety of live programming, news, movies and selected programs from its program library.
The channel is currently using the familiar 'Mega Mou' (My Mega) on-screen branding that was originally used between 2010-2014 as well as the new tag line of Mega όπως πάντα! (Mega as always!)
Under the ownership of Alter Ego, the channel is now located at 340 Syngrou Avenue in Kallithea, Athens.
Programming for the 2020-2021 broadcasting season include:
Current shows include:
Current series include:
Mega Channel (1989–2018)
Mega Channel (2020–present)
The original Mega logo consisted of 10 or 12 multicoloured lines with MEGA in the middle with the word channel located at the bottom.
Mega then launched a new logo in 1999 with the text 'MEGA', with 'ME' widened to the left and 'GA' widened to the right. This logo is still in use today.
The channel does regularly refresh its on-screen branding using the current seasons slogan. The channel also uses special idents at Christmas and Easter.
MEGA Cosmos was the international network of Mega Channel that broadcast the 'best of Mega' programming to Greeks abroad. It was first launched as Mega Channel Australia and then rebranded to Mega Cosmos using a common feed for Australia and North America.
The channel was available in
Alter Ego Mass Media Co. S.A. - Epixeirisi Meson Mazikis Enimerosis
Teletypos S.A. of Television Programmes (100%)
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