Public Council Urges Taking ‘kol Israel’ out of Political Control

The Public Council of Kol Israel, Israel’s broadcasting service, recommended today the creation of a state authority which would assure the independence of the broadcasting system from political pressures. The Council also urged that no commercial broadcasting be permitted. The report followed a study of the structures of various public authorities and broadcasting services in other countries.

The report proposed adoption of a basic principle that Kol Israel should become a state service, rather than a Government service as it is at present. The Council proposed that Parliament should exercise control through its approval of the Kol Israel budget, while the Prime Minister would name the chairman of the proposed State Authority. Under such an arrangement, the Council said, the Authority would be independent of Government influence, and the appointment of political party personnel to the Authority would be prevented.

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