"There is no mention of any professional staff work that was carried out and which establishes any reasoning for the purpose of the move and its effect on the independence of the corporation"
The Legal Advisor of the Ministry of Finance, Adv. Its independent budgetary source" - this is what Matan Khodorov reports from News 13.
As I recall, at the beginning of the week it was learned that the Karai Bureau 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 legal advisor of the Ministry of Finance referred to Karai's intention.
According to him, "these changes create a fear of a significant increase in the corporation's dependence on the government, and this is contrary to everything stated in the explanatory notes to the bill and the conclusions. According to the opinion, "there is no mention of any professional staff work that was carried out and which establishes any reasoning for the purpose of the move and its effect on the independence of the aforementioned corporation.
It is not at all clear how what is proposed in the draft resolution of the Ministry of Communications is consistent with which of the goals of the annual economic plan and what is the justification for its inclusion in it."
Minister of Communications Shlomo Karai at the DIGIT 2023 conference for online journalism, Reichman University, January 9, 2023 (Photo: Niv Aharonson)
The Treasury's legal advisor added that if the corporation's budget is combined with the general one, it is not at all clear what the budgetary sources will be and that "a balancing act in the scope of hundreds of millions of shekels will be required."
In addition, Messing claims that the deadline for the transfer of structural changes was January 26, while Krai submitted his proposals on February 9 - this after Prime Minister Netanyahu froze the move to privatize it, in order to "concentrate effort" on the legal reform. The state budgets for the
corporation Public broadcasting is about 650 million shekels a year. In addition, according to estimates, the corporation generates another 80-100 million shekels a year, as a result of the sale of sponsorships and advertisements. According to the publications, officials at the Ministry of Finance Otzar confirmed that Kraei is trying to
promote, within the framework of the upcoming Arrangements Law, a move that will limit the ability of The corporation will sell advertisements and sponsorships, thus effectively sapping about 13% of its revenues.
However, it should be noted that the minister's office officially denied the move.
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