During a special Knesset session today, Knesset members approved the initial reading of an adjusted bill, according to which the Israeli Broadcasting Corporation transmissions will be postponed for an additional two weeks and the corporation’s news unit will be removed.

The corporation’s fate is again at stake

The corporation’s fate is again at stake Photo Credit: Miriam Alster/Flash90

Today (Tuesday), the Knesset approved the initial reading of delaying the Israeli Broadcasting Corporation’s transmissions. The coalition voted with a majority of 44 against 34 opposed, while one Knesset member abstained. The voting took place during a special discussion session, in which the Knesset members will vote again tomorrow on a second and third reading in favor or opposed to the move.

According to the bill, the Israeli Broadcasting Corporation’s news unit will be removed and a different news corporation will be established, absorbing additional employees from the Israel Broadcasting Authority.

However, this is not the only change that the coalition is planning regarding the corporation. At the beginning of the Knesset discussion, MK Yoav Kisch announced that he intends to approve an additional two-week delay upon the start of the broadcasts. If the proposal passes, the corporation’s broadcasting date will be postponed to June 1, instead of May 15 as was proposed for the adjusted bill which was voted upon today.