Israel Broadcasting Corporation's launch date may change yet again

The Israel Broadcasting Corporation was set to begin operating after months of public and political controversy. Now its launch is halted once more.

December 15, 2016 13:40
Bnei Menashe

Miryam, 22, speaks to a television crew about her expectations of moving to Israel, in Churachandpur, India.. (photo credit: LAURA KELLY)

The launch date of the Israel Broadcasting Corporation which will replace the Israel Broadcasting Authority may change yet again. Only a few days ago, the Communications Ministry and Finance Ministry issued a joint announcement that the IBC would be launched on April 30 following an amendment to the existing Public Broadcasting Law. However before that announcement was made, and even before Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced he was thinking of scrapping IBC and rehabilitating IBA, the IBC management announced it would be ready to start broadcasts on January 1. Following Netanyahu’s announcement, MK Eitan Cabel, lawyer Eldad Yaniv and the Hatzlaha Movement appealed to the High Court of Justice asking why the IBC’s launch should be delayed. Judge Daphne-Barak-Erez ruled that the appeal must come before a panel of judges before the end of December.

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