Knesset approves law to dismantle IBA

Ministers fear that the dismantling of a state-owned public institution will set off a domino effect with other public institutions and services.

By
July 30, 2014 06:59
1 minute read.
IBA

IBA logo 311. (photo credit: Courtesy of IBA)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

After two delays the Knesset on Tuesday night voted for the dismantling of the Israel Broadcasting Authority and the establishment of an alternate three-channel entity in its place.

The vote was held only because of an agreement signed around noon on Tuesday between the Finance Ministry and the Histadrut labor federation.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


Otherwise the vote would have been delayed indefinitely.

Forty-five MKs voted in favor, 11 opposed and one abstained.

The bill for the finale of the IBA and Educational Television was submitted by Communications Minister Gilad Erdan, who declared after the vote that it was a historic day for Israel.

If all goes according to Erdan’s plan, as soon as the legislation is published in the official Reshumot gazette, a liquidator will begin dismantling the IBA, but will not be allowed to dismiss anyone for cost efficiency reasons. The target date for the completion of the process is March 2015 with a possible extension of three months. The IBA will not actually close down until a new public broadcasting network is established, said Erdan.

Fears that the dismantling of a state-owned public institution was a precedent for what would set off a domino syndrome with regard to other public institutions and services were expressed by several members of Knesset from different parties during the discussion preceding the vote.



Another common complaint was that too much authority had been given to Finance Minister Yair Lapid, when one of the stated purposes of the law was to depoliticize public broadcasting.

Voices were also raised against the timing of the legislation, which was considered by several MKs to be inappropriate in view of the fact that IBA reporters were doing outstanding work during Operation Protective Edge, with some of them risking their lives to bring the public information from the battle front.

Related Content

Riot
August 31, 2014
Rioting resumes throughout east Jerusalem Saturday night

By DANIEL K. EISENBUD