Minister of Communications Shlomo Karai at the DIGIT 2023 conference for online journalism, Reichman University, January 9, 2023 (Niv Aharonson)
According to Calcalist, officials at the Ministry of Finance Otzar confirmed that Krei is trying to promote, within the framework of the upcoming Settlements Law, a move that would limit the corporation's ability to sell advertisements and sponsorships, thus effectively draining about 13% of its revenues
After the Prime Minister's order froze the move to close the broadcasting corporation, the Karai office is trying to lead a limited move to harm the corporation's revenues, which includes a ban on broadcasting advertisements and sponsorships and the privatization of the radio frequencies under its control.
The state budgets the public broadcasting corporation with approximately NIS 650 million per year.
In addition, according to estimates, the corporation generates another NIS 80-100 million per year, as a result of selling sponsorships and advertisements.
According to the Calcalist newspaper, officials at the Ministry of Finance Otzar confirmed that Kraei is trying to promote, within the framework of the upcoming Settlements Law, a move that would limit the corporation's ability to sell advertisements and sponsorships, thus effectively cutting off about 13% of its revenues.
However, it should be noted that the minister's office officially denied the move.
Shlomo Karai, Golan Yochpaz (Photo: Photo Processing, 103, official website)
It should be noted that such a ban, if implemented, is completely contrary to Karai's previous statements according to which its purpose is to reduce the public funding of the corporation - since it is precisely the sponsorships and advertisements that allow him to invest independently in the creation.
According to the report, which was first published by News 13 journalist Raviv Drucker on Twitter, at the same time, Karai is working to privatize the corporation's radio frequencies.
According to the estimates, the purpose behind this move is to further qualify the operation of a right-wing bibist radio station like "Gali Israel" on a national frequency.
The same station will actually be able to compete with the popular Kan B network, and at the same time benefit from additional commercial revenues - while Kan B will be prohibited from doing so.
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