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Israel shuts pubcaster

The Israel Broadcasting Authority (IBA), the country’s public broadcaster, is shutting down. The Knesset decided to close down the IBA on grounds that it was too bureaucratic and expensive. The government has long also criticised the broadcaster as too liberal.

For now, the TV channels broadcast a holding template, while the radio stations broadcast non-stop music. IBA’s closure has been in the works for more than a year, but the end came suddenly after 49 years on air.

A new broadcaster, IPBC (Israel Public Broadcasting Corporation) is set to begin broadcasting on May 15th.

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