Eirini Steirou is a video producer with GreekTV, and an Αthens-based TV commercial and film director.
Q: Can you tell us more about GreekTV’s work in uniting Greek people across the globe?
GreekTV is an online magazine featuring progressive and original stories, along with portraits of Greek people from around the globe. There’s much online media addressing the Greek diaspora; however, they never present human stories in any depth. GreekTV aims to connect and entertain through originality and selective content.
Q: What can those who admire the Greek culture (‘philhellenes’) gain from GreekTV?
They will have the chance to get a glimpse of contemporary Greek culture as it is today – not embellished or idealized – and they will meet contemporary Greek visionaries and pioneers in their respective fields. They can also watch interesting video documentaries (with original stories) from contemporary Greek life.
Q: In what ways does GreekTV promote the positive aspects of Greek culture?
GreekTV promotes the positive aspects of Greek culture by spotlighting new talent, young visionaries, and innovative efforts – and giving emphasis to diversity and mutual understanding.
Q: The GreekTV.com website talks about “interesting subjects often ignored by traditional media”. What is the most interesting subject you’ve featured?
We’ve featured two articles that have created controversy, but have captured important social issues of Greek reality. One was a video documentary about children born to immigrant parents in Greece who can’t obtain Greek nationality, and the other was about how open Greek society is to LGBT people. We are currently the only website catering to the Greek diaspora addressing LGBT issues.
Q: Can people who don’t necessarily have an active interest in Greek culture gain anything by visiting GreekTV.com?
Greece has been in the international spotlight over the last few years, with issues such as the economic crisis and the refugee crisis. What happens in Greece has made (and will keep making) headlines in international media. We often feature ‘behind the news’ stories or portraits of people giving a first hand account of what is currently going on in Greece. Also, we have a very active travel section, since Greece is a very popular travel destination worldwide.
Q: What’s next for the future of GreekTV, and do you see similar projects to yours appearing elsewhere?
The future of GreekTV involves becoming a top, online destination for Greek diaspora and philhellenes, and to be able to expand our subject categories in order to include business and health issues.
Other ethnic groups that have a big diaspora should definitely consider creating a similar project – if they don’t already have one. It is the perfect way to connect people!
Q: GreekTV.com features a wide variety of contributors from across the world. How do you ensure cohesion and consistency on the site with so many different voices striving to be heard?
We have a very clear set of guidelines for our article contributors, and there is an editorial team that filters and edits all articles before they go public.