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The Israel Broadcasting Authority on Monday moved a step closer to implementing
the long-debated reforms it needs to remain both competitive and solvent, when it
signed a new work agreement with the television technicians, who until now had
been an obstacle to progress.
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Recently, the IBA also signed an agreement
with the Jerusalem Journalists Association. Now, the IBA says, it expects that
any outstanding issues between it, its employees and the various unions that
represent the employees will be settled in the near future, and the reforms can
The IBA plenum decided on Monday that the Reform Committee,
which it had appointed to negotiate the various agreements, would continue to
oversee the implementation of the reforms and would ensure that the criteria
established for dismissals would be followed, specifically with regard to
employees on personal contracts and in accordance with conditions set down for
journalists on a redundancy list.
Michael Shazif, who has headed the
plenum’s television committee, announced his decision to step down, whereupon
IBA chairman Amir Gilat was unanimously elected to replace him.
the changes Gilat wants to make is to restore the Mabat
news broadcast to its
previous 8 p.m. time slot, so that it will be able to compete with Channels 2
and 10, which run their main news broadcasts at 8.
This, however, would
probably result in an even lower rating for Mabat
than it has already. By
broadcasting at 9 p.m, it has been able to include later-breaking news not
broadcast by its rivals.
The change is not likely to take place for
several months, giving Gilat time to reconsider the wisdom of the
Radio and television journalists who covered the fires in the north
earlier this month attended Monday’s plenum session for discussions about the
IBA’s preparedness for emergency situations.
The IBA is also promoting
restoration efforts for forests destroyed in the fire, and broadcasts to this
effect will culminate on Tu Bishvat, the new year for trees.