Channel 20 has been fined 100,000 shekels (nearly $30,000) for failing to give broadcast time to non-Orthodox Jewish groups. The fine, imposed by the chairwoman of the Council for Cable TV and Satellite Broadcasting, Yifat Ben-Hay Segev, was preceded by several warnings following complaints on the matter. Channel 20, also called the “Heritage Channel,” was given its license conditioned on a commitment to give proper coverage to all branches of Judaism.
The council examined the channel’s broadcasting in April and May of this year following the complaints, and found that there was no coverage at all of Reform or Conservative Judaism. Last month the Reform movement petitioned the High Court of Justice, but the council said it had completed its investigation more than two months before.
The council also required Channel 20 to report to it every month on the non-Orthodox Jewish coverage it broadcasts.