The Knesset members have voted in favor of the dissolution of the Israel Broadcasting Authority and the establishing of a new public broadcasting body
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While in Gaza Operation “Protective Edge” continues, the Knesset has made a dramatic media decision. The Knesset members have voted in the second and third readings in favor of the dissolution of the Israel Broadcasting Authority and the establishing of a new public broadcasting body. “No more tolls, no more political appointing”, said MK Karin Elharar, who stood at the head of the committee which articulated the bill.
Now it is official: The Knesset approved in second and third readings the Public Broadcasting Bill, according to which the Israel Broadcasting Authority will be disassembled in favor of the establishment of a new body in charge of the public broadcasting in Israel.
“After many hardships, arguments and contemplations – we have voted in favor of the public broadcasting bill”, announced MK Karin Elharar who was head of the Knesset committee which articulated the bill. “No more tolls, no more political appointing, no more usage of the public’s money for false and manipulative campaigns. Today the public broadcasting in Israel is reborn”.
The bill is based on the suggestions of the Landess Committee which examined the new outline of the broadcasting authority which was published last March, and which included some dramatic developments. According to the bill, on the 31st of March 2015 the broadcasting authority will be shut down, the television toll will be cancelled and a new public broadcasting corporation will be established. The bill states that at least 25% of the corporation employees will be Israel Broadcasting Authority employees.
The new broadcasting corporation will operate three television channels – a general channel (Channel1), a channel in Arabic (Channel 33) and a channel for youth and children. All radio channels operating today under the Israel Broadcasting Authority will continue to broadcast under the new corporation.
“The broadcasting authority toll will be cancelled within a year”, declared Communications Minister Gilad Ardan in a press conference in which the Landass Committee informed of its recommendations. “We will disassemble the broadcasting authority and reestablish it on a lower and more efficient budget – instead of one billion Shekels, the budget will be 700 million”.
In addition, a united news division will be established and will include the television news and the radio in Hebrew, and the television and radio news in Arabic. “Many of the Israel Broadcasting Authority employees will be fired”, warned the Communications Minister though promising: “They will receive decent compensation”.