After demonstrating last week outside the Finance Ministry for its failure to
honor its commitment to the Israel Broadcasting Authority reforms, some 100
placard-waving and shofar-blowing IBA employees took their protest to the home of
Communications Minister Gilad Erdan in Savyon on Friday.
held Erdan responsible for the freeze on funding that would enable the
implementation of the reforms. Erdan, very soon after receiving the
Communications portfolio, declared that the IBA was mismanaged and too
cumbersome and that the only way to remedy the situation was to close it and
reopen it under a new format.
The reforms would have included reducing
the IBA payroll by some 700 jobs. If the IBA is closed, more than 2,000 people
who work directly or indirectly for it will lose their jobs.
that if the public broadcasting service is closed, there will be little
likelihood of it being revitalized in any format, especially during a period of
economic crisis and under a finance minister with a policy of budgetary cutbacks
and increased taxes.
Erdan, in response to the demonstration, wrote on
his Facebook page that the government cannot continue to spend a billion shekels
a year on public broadcasting.
Representatives of the Jerusalem
Journalists Association said the figure quoted by Erdan was a gross exaggeration
and that he was disseminating erroneous information.
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