Channel 1 news anchor Geula Even Sa'ar.
(photo credit: SCREENSHOT CHANNEL ONE)
Channel 1 news anchor Geula Even Sa'ar announced in tears Tuesday night that it was likely to be the station's last ever broadcast of the "Mabat" evening news. Sa'ar and the rest of the staff at the publicly funded Israel Broadcast Association (IBA) found out about the decision just a short while before going on the air.
Established 49 years ago, the IBA is Israel's longest running television channel and was once the only channel available to viewers, making it a touchstone for many Israelis.
The IBA is being dismantled and replaced by a new public broadcasting corporation, but the move is accompanied by a political firestorm over the degree of state control of the news broadcast.
Earlier today a special Knesset committee that is preparing the law announced that the cooperation was set to start airing on June 15.
At the end of the evening's broadcast the crew of the show all shared the stage and sang the national anthem in unison.