Treasury wants to close IBA at end of June

A year after then-communications minister Gilad Erdan pushed through a law calling to dismantle the Israel Broadcasting Authority and set up another public broadcasting service in its place, the Finance Ministry is seeking to close the IBA at the end of the month.

Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon and Amir Levy, budgets director in the ministry, have taken over where Erdan left off, and say that they are unwilling for the state to continue funding the financially ailing IBA.

Ophir Akunis, the minister-without- portfolio in the Communications Ministry, has asked for a three-month extension, during which time the legislation relating to the IBA and its intended replacement is to be amended.


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