IBA News in English to be free abroad

July 7, 2013 23:08

While many print media outlets with Internet sites are charging surfers to read all or certain articles, the Israel Broadcasting Authority News in English is going in the opposite direction, cancelling payment for distribution of its broadcasts abroad.

Up until now, the IBA English News was made available to several foreign networks for a fee, but after realizing that revenues from English language broadcasts were relatively meager, IBA chairman Dr. Amir Gilat proposed to the IBA plenum that broadcasts be distributed gratis in order to reach a wider audience around the globe.

He said he is certain this will enable Israel to have greater exposure worldwide, and the IBA plenum, which agreed with him, has approved the waiving of a fee.

There is no reason to deprive viewers around the world from the possibility of seeing IBA News on every possible platform, said Gilat, adding that the IBA is not in the business of public diplomacy.

“We’re simply talking about television news from Israel,” he said.

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