The Knesset Economics Committee approved, Thursday, an amendment to the Israel Defense Forces Radio Law that will make it permanent and not a temporary measure. IDF Radio and Educational Television are the least regulated of the country's legal broadcasting services. The measure now goes to the Knesset for its required second and third readings.
A focus of the bill is the amount of time that IDF Radio (Galei Tzahal) and its sister station with more music for motorists (Galgalatz) can devote to sponsorships and public service announcements. The committee voted to leave that time at 4.5 minutes per hour instead of doubling it as requested by the Defense Ministry. The decision to leave things the way they are was viewed as a compromise between the station and local commercial radio operators in the battle over advertising revenue.