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Approve the Merger of TV Broadcasters Channel 10 and Reshet

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Strange things are happening in connection to the merger of Israeli television broadcasters Channel 10 and Reshet, which operates Channel 13. The shareholders have agreed to the merger and the antitrust commissioners has approved it, but the chairwoman of the Second Authority for Television and Radio, Yulia Shamalov-Berkovich, is trying to thwart it using various pretexts.

Who is pressing for the merger? None other than the employees of the Channel 10 News Company. Employees usually oppose mergers because they realize that jobs will be lost. Moreover, the closure of a media outlet results not only in fewer jobs, but also in less competition and freedom of expression. That the journalists at Channel 10 are working to get the merger approved quickly shows how worried they are that without the merger the news company will be closed altogether. The delays are........

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