Knesset session 311.
(photo credit: Courtesy)
The Knesset Economics Committee delayed a vote Wednesday on whether to give
financially ailing Channel 10 an extra year to repay NIS 60 million in
Channel 10 CEO Yossi Varshavsky appealed for a repeat vote after
the committee decided last week to hold television broadcasters to their
agreement to repay debts by the end of 2011.
Committee chairman Carmel
Shama-Hacohen (Likud) said the vote was postponed to give Channel 10 more time
to arrange some sort of compromise on the matter.
He said Varshavsky had
shown him data that gave hope of a solution next week.
But even if the
debt repayment was postponed, Shama-Hacohen said, “a network that requests the
goodwill of politicians each year is not an independent network.