Channel 20 has won the tender to produce, manage and broadcast the Knesset Channel for the next 10 years, the Council for Cable TV and Satellite Broadcasting announces in a statement.
Channel 2, Channel 10 and an independent television production company lost out on the tender.
Since its founding in 2006, the Knesset Channel, which broadcasts all the plenary sessions from the parliament and a range of political and current events programs, has been run by Channel 2.
According to the council’s statement, Channel 20 received the most points in a system measuring whether the production companies fulfilled the criteria to run the Knesset Channel.
Channel 20 began broadcasting in August 2014 as a station focusing on Jewish tradition with a conservative bent. Sometimes referred to as Israel’s Fox News for its right of center programming and public claim to offer a counter to the “mainstream media,” the channel only received permission to broadcast its own news programs in December.
Illustrative: A view of the new television studios of the Knesset Channel, at the Knesset, Israel’s parliament in Jerusalem. Jan 19, 2011. (Isaac Harari/FLASH90)
Then, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu congratulated the channel and vowed to further the goal of making a variety of media channels available to the Israeli public.
“Congratulations to Channel 20! I will continue to work for competition in the media industry in Israel so that you — the citizens of Israel — can choose who to watch and who to hear,” Netanyahu wrote on his Facebook page.
Channel 20 came under fire in December of last year when it censured president Reuven Rivlin for attending a conference in New York at which members of Breaking the Silence — a group that publishes allegations of Israeli soldiers’ transgressions against Palestinians in the West Bank — also appeared.