Culture and Sports Minister Limor Livnat demanded from Chairman Ilan Avisar of the Second Broadcast Authority - which overseas commercial broadcasting, Sunday, that a new, urgent hearing be held on the authority's decision to let hareidi radio station Kol Berama reduce the number of hours in which women are heard on the station from six hours to four hours. In a letter to Dr. Avisar, Minister Livnat said that the hearing should be held with an eye toward cancelling the decision.
Livnat's ministry noted her criticism of the six hours women received in an agreement reached with the station after it did not allow women to be heard all. That agreement is under Justice Ministry review. The station told Arutz Sheva that independent surveys commissioned by the station and the authority showed its listeners did not want to hear women and, just as the secular public does not want religious coercion, the station asked Minister Livnat to respect the wishes of its listeners.