Zehava Gal-On 311.
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The committee examining market concentration should recommend banning
cross-ownership of large media and non-financial institutions, Meretz leader
Zehava Gal-On said Thursday. She cited Nochi Dankner’s control of Ma’ariv as a
case where cross-ownership could be used for personal interests.
government-appointed Committee on Strengthening Market Competitiveness, as it is
officially known, is due to submit is final report in the coming
The committee recommended in its interim report that business
magnates be banned from simultaneously controlling large financial and
non-financial institutions, and it proposed strengthening the Antitrust
Authority’s legal powers.
Gal-On also wrote a letter to Antitrust
Authority Director-General David Gilo on Thursday, urging him to examine whether
Ma’ariv’s offer of a NIS 400 Shufersal voucher to subscribers constitutes a
breach of existing regulations against restrictive practices.
daily’s offer is only enabled by the fact that it and Shufersal are both
controlled by Dankner’s IDB Holdings Corp., Gal-On said in a statement sent to
“In the short term, subscribers benefit. But in the long term,
the public is harmed when an important newspaper refrains from critiquing the
companies its owner controls,” the statement said.
In response, Ma’ariv
chairman Danny Yakobi said rival Hebrew daily Yediot Aharonot had made a similar
offer only a few months ago involving vouchers for supermarket chain Mega. He
said he did not want to enter into a debate about market concentration, adding
that Gal-On was pursuing the company out of her own interests.