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Israel Broadcasting Authority
רשות השידור
Type Broadcast radio and television
Country Israel
Availability National; international
Owner Government of Israel
Launch date 1948; 73 years ago (1948) (radio)
1968; 53 years ago (1968) (television)
Dissolved 9 May 2017 (2017-05-09) (regular programming)
13 May 2017 (2017-05-13) (final television transmission)
14 May 2017 (2017-05-14) (final radio transmission)
Former names Israel Broadcasting Service
(1951–1965)
Official website www.iba.org.il
Replaced by Israeli Broadcasting Corporation

Israel Broadcasting Authority (often referred to as the IBA literally: The Broadcast Authority was Israel's state broadcasting network. It grew out of the radio station Kol Yisrael, which made its first broadcast as an independent station on March 14, 1948; 73 years ago (1948-03-14).

The name of the organisation operating Kol Yisrael was changed to Israel Broadcasting Service in 1951. The law creating the Israel Broadcasting Authority was passed by the Knesset on 6 June 1965. Television broadcasts commenced on 2 May 1968, with color television following on 23 February 1983, although occasional color transmissions were made earlier, such as the Eurovision Song Contest 1979 and the visit of the Egyptian President Anwar Sadat in 1977.

IBA was supposed to have been replaced by the Israeli Broadcasting Corporation on October 1, 2016. On 19 July 2016, however, Benjamin Netanyahu stated that the launch and replacement was to be postponed to the beginning of 2018, for which he was criticized by a number of journalists and politicians within Israel. After several delays, the new service was planned to start broadcasting on 15 May 2017.

TV channels

  • Channel 1 (Haarutz Ha-Rishon) - The IBA's main channel (until the beginning of the 1990s there were no other channels on Israeli television, and it was called "Ha-Televizia Ha-israelit" - "The Israeli Television"). Part of the weekday daytime schedule is made up of broadcasts from Israeli Educational TV.
  • Channel 1 HD (Haarutz Ha-Rishon HD) - The IBA's main channel, broadcast in HD. Currently available only via Hot ( the only cable pay TV service in Israel) and "YES" ( the only satellite pay TV service in Israel)
  • Channel 33 - News and factual programming during the day, Arabic-language channel in the evening.

Radio stations

Kol Yisrael ("The Voice of Israel") is the collective name for IBA's radio networks, as well as for the international service.

  • Reshet Aleph ("Network A"): radio station.
  • Reshet Bet ("Network B"): popular news, current events, and talk radio station.
  • Reshet Gimmel ("Network C"): radio station devoted to promoting Israeli music.
  • Reshet Dalet ("Network D"): radio station in Arabic, featuring a combination of talk and (generally) classical Arabic music.
  • Reka or Reshet Klitat 'Aliya: radio for recent immigrants to Israel, broadcasts in 13 languages (mostly Russian). This service was formerly known as "Kol Zion La-Golah" ("Voice of Israel abroad") and Reshet Heh ("Network E").
  • 88FM: radio for 'quality music': adult contemporary, jazz, classic rock, alternative, progressive rock, and world music. This service was operated between 1995-2017 and used the 88FM frequency that was formerly used by Kol Haderech Le'assakim ("Voice of the road for business").
  • Kol Ha-Musika ("The Voice of Music"): a radio station devoted to Classical music.
  • Moreshet: Tradition and culture radio station

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