EBU condemns dismantling Israeli Broadcasting Authority

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has raised concern over the Israeli government’s plan to dismantle its public broadcasting body, Israeli Broadcasting Authority (IBA), calling the move ‘regrettable’. The Israeli government, earlier this week, approved the initial draft for a proposed bill to shut down and replace IBA which will cease to exist in 2015 when the bill is passed.

EBU Director General, Ingrid Deltenre, said that Israel must do everything possible to preserve its public broadcasting system. He added that governments are frequently unrealistic in implementing audiovisual reforms, and overlook the need to meet several key conditions for public service media to function.

The government had taken the decision to dismantle IBA in April this year after revelations of massive mismanagement and overspendings that came to the fore including the controversial TV tax of about USD 100 per annum which every household with a television set is charged. The government plans to create a new broadcasting authority soon.