The High Court of justice declined to rule on the petition of Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat and the Knesset’s Jerusalem lobby against the temporary transfer to Modi’in of Kan, the public broadcasting service that will replace the Israel Broadcasting Authority.
The Kan premises under construction in Jerusalem’s Givat Shaul neighborhood are unlikely to be completed before July 2017.The building was inspected last week by the management of Kan, which paid NIS 88 million for the plot of land and another NIS 40m. for to construct the building that will house the radio and television studios as well as the administrative offices.
The justices noted that the Knesset had amended the Public Broadcasting Law and had reached a compromise whereby Israel Radio news broadcasts would be relayed from Jerusalem, and other broadcasts from Modi’in, during the interim period until the Jerusalem facility is ready for occupancy.
The deadline for the move to Jerusalem is July 1.
The court had previously issued an interim injunction to which the response by Kan and the Communications Ministry had in the opinion of the court been inadequate. As a result, the court ordered Kan and the Communications Ministry to pay NIS 28,000 in costs to the petitioners.