Ministers delay vote on forcing an English TV station

June 26, 2011 20:41

The ministerial committee on legislation decided to delay a vote Sunday on a bill that would have required the government to form a 24-hour satellite television station in English and Arabic.

The bill, submitted by former Israel Broadcasting Authority chairman and current Kadima MK Nachman Shai, would have forced the IBA to come up with a plan for the formation of such a station within a month of the bill taking effect and get the channel on the air within six months.

But the ministers said they needed more information from the IBA and the Prime Minister's Office before they could vote, so they postponed their decision by a month.

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