Israel Denies Approving Introduction of Educational Television

A special advisory board studying the introduction of educational television in Israel has not yet approved a UNESCO survey recommending the proposal, the board announced today. The board made the announcement in denying a report that the UNESCO recommendation had been approved.

The Israel Broadcasting Service meanwhile announced it planned to extend commercial programs on the state radio, Kol Yisrael. Since a private firm was granted a concession for commercials on Kol Yisrael last April, monthly income of the station rose to 80,000 pounds ($48,800) a month from 32,000 pounds ($17,929) a month.

Israel’s first course for training of TV technicians was in the meantime opened at the ORT Vocational Center in Tel Aviv. The first 37 students began their classroom and laboratory studies last week. Although Israel does not as yet have a general system of public television, some 1,000 sets in private homes receive programs from neighboring countries.

The electronics department of the ORT school at Tel Aviv has been the only place in the country where television equipment could be serviced. This has produced demands for repairs from every part of the country. The school’s program for electronics instruction rates high and is generally regarded as one of the best in Israel. Admission to the course was limited to qualified electronics technicians.

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