ISSN: 2241-6692

MEGA mou: An Insider Perspective on Working for Greece’s First Private Television Channel

Jo Frangou


ABSTRACT

This piece delves into my experiences developing and overseeing the production of television series for MEGA Channel, Greece’s first and most established private TV station, which went dark in October 2018, just shy of its 29th anniversary. I will refer to the way we approached television texts and audiences in our capacity as ‘gatekeepers’ between creators and viewers, from the golden days to the challenging times after the Greek financial crisis struck the local media market. Although I will touch upon shared experiences, this is a very personal account; I would never assume the privilege of speaking for others, especially my former co-workers and associates during a period of time that I consider the happiest, most creative and most fulfilling in my professional life.

Keywords: MEGA Channel, television