Sanctions: IBA radio stations cease broadcasts

All radio stations of the Israeli Broadcast Authority (IBA) ceased transmissions at 2:00 p.m. Monday, following an increase in sanctions by the National Union of Israeli Journalists. Israel Radio reported that Israeli oldies would be played until 3:00 p.m. The two o'clock news edition was not boradcast. The sanctions were taken in protest of what the union called unilateral actions taken against employees by IBA management. Workers of IBA radio and television stations convened for an emergency discussion. They were considering increasing their protest by turning off Channel One TV broadcasts. Already last week, Israel Radio stopped broadcasting news updates every 30 minutes, leaving only the longer hourly news editions. IBA sources said the sanctions came as a surprise. Management, they added, was respectful of all legal work agreements, but the current case did not relate to a legal work agreement and the sanctions were therefore unexpected.