On video: Israel Connects - Presentation of Minister Karai's work plan at the Ministry of Communications (Ministry of Communications)
Three months into his position as Minister of Communications, Dr. Shlomo Karai today (Tuesday) presented his plan to regulate the industry. As I recall, upon his arrival, Karai announced quite a few changes, most of which were shelved before they could become a memorandum of law. Among other things, Karai asked to spend the budget dramas and productions of the corporation out of his hands, encountered a strong protest, and finally withdrew from the move at the request of Prime Minister Netanyahu who asked to "focus on reforming the judicial system". After the break he received, he asked to unify radio frequencies in the corporation, in order to allow a right-wing station (probably Gali Israel) to broadcast, and tried to prohibit The corporation must sell sponsorships and advertising - a move that was opposed by the Ministry of Finance. The minister also did not pass up a war against Channel 14, when the channel's senior executives recently launched a timed campaign against him, over his intentions to also allow HOT and the I24NEWS channel to broadcast news - a move that will take away the "exclusivity" On "Right-Wing TV" from the channel.
The press conference comes after Karai decided last week to appoint Maimon Shamila as the acting CEO of the ministry, this after his failure to appoint Elad Malka, who is considered a libertarian and the man who drafted the reform for him.
At the heart of Karai's reform is a change or repeal of a law on cross-costs, which currently restricts capitalists from controlling several media outlets at the same time, and will allow parties from abroad to hold a larger share of holdings in Israel. The assumption is that this is a nod to the past of billionaire Patrick Darhy, the owner of the international news channel i24news to broadcast in Israel as well, on a right-wing channel that will compete with Channel 14.
The minister also declared "technological indifference", which will actually remove the protections and restrictions on streaming television.
According to Karai, in the future "instructions will be published that will limit the powerful forces", in front of these.
As for the corporation, Karai reiterated his intention to clear frequencies from the corporation's radio stations in favor of allocating them to commercial national radio stations.
The intention here is to apparently allow the right-wing bibist radio station Gali Israel to broadcast on a national level.
The Karai plan as presented to the public
- The end of the intervention in the business model, in the composition of the subscription packages and in the broadcast schedule.
A free and competitive market that will lead to the opening of new content channels, to lowering the prices of dedicated content such as sports and equal subscription fees for everyone.
- Eliminating the need for a license to broadcast news.
- A dedicated budget to encourage competition and diversity in the field of news and current affairs.
- Abolition of the Second Authority and the Cable and Satellite Council.
The era of hyperactive regulation is over.
- Removal of frequencies from the corporation's radio stations in favor of their allocation to commercial national radio stations.
- Alleviation of cross costs and the ability to establish communication groups for players with a small market share, at the same time as significantly limiting the monopolistic power of the powerful.
- Applying the obligation of original productions to all actors, including international actors.
A balanced and competitive playing field, including technological indifference regarding the means of transmission.
- Development of a new rating model, which will be based, among other things, on new technologies and real data from the content providers, and will reflect reliable rating data for the benefit of the public and the advertising industry.
- Facebook, Twitter, etc.: protection of freedom of expression on social networks.
The obligation to justify blocking and deletions on social networks in Israel, and giving authority to Israeli courts to discuss violations of the rights of users on social networks.