Bill: Satire TV show's time slot discriminatory

By GIL STERN STERN HOFFMAN
December 19, 2006 16:44

 
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National Religious Party MK Zevulun Orlev submitted a bill on Tuesday that would require Channel 2 to enable religious Israelis to watch the hit political satire program "Eretz Nehederet" (Wonderful Country). The program currently runs on Friday nights when religious people do not watch television due to the Sabbath. Reruns of each show are broadcast on Saturday nights - eight days after they were originally shown - when they are no longer topical. Orlev's bill would require broadcasting authorities to rerun with in a week popular programs that were shown on the Sabbath, especially programs that are at the center of public discourse. "More than 20 percent of Israeli citizens are prevented from watching the show and are disconnected from the public discourse because of their religious faith," Orlev said. "The broadcasting authorities should take steps to include all the sectors of Israeli society in the cultural realm and the public discourse." Orlev's NRP colleague, former MK Shaul Yahalom, submitted such a bill in the last Knesset, which led Channel 2 to start broadcasting reruns of the show on Wednesdays.

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