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The Independence of Channel 10 News Must Be Protected

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The deal signed Wednesday to merge Channel 12 operator Reshet with Channel 10 could heighten political influence on the media. The list of shareholders in Israel’s commercial broadcasters comprises, not coincidentally, wealthy individuals with various financial interests in the Israeli economy. They own companies in the areas of infrastructure, energy, food, shipping, banking and finance — as well as an important commercial TV station. They include David Wertheim and Yitzhak Tshuva (Keshet); Idan Ofer, Udi Angel and Michael Strauss (Reshet); Len Blavatnik (Channel 10) and Yitzhak Mirilashvili (Channel 20).

Media holdings were once profitable. In the last decade, given shrinking advertising revenue and other challenges, shareholders have been forced to inject hundreds of........

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