Knesset gives IBA three-month extension

The Knesset Economic Affairs Committee under the chairmanship of Labor MK Eitan Cabel on Monday approved a three-month extension period for the operation of the Israel Broadcasting Authority.
The last-minute reprieve came a day ahead of the date on which the IBA was due to cease functioning.
Cabel made it clear that if Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu – who also holds the Communications portfolio – tried to politicize the IBA and its proposed successor through Ophir Akunis, the Likud minister without portfolio in the Communications Ministry, there would be no chance of establishing an alternative public broadcasting service.
The request for the extension was submitted to the committee by Akunis and was signed by the ministers of Communications and Finance.
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