The Israel Broadcasting Authority will issue an external tender for the post of director of its Channel 1 television station, according to a decision last night by its tenders committee.

The committee convened to select a new director from among the candidates who had applied via the authority's internal tender process, but decided in the end to open up competition for the position at the state-run channel to individuals outside the IBA, too.

"The committee found the candidates who appeared before it to be worthy," said a statement issued by the panel, but it added nevertheless that the IBA wished to expand the circle of candidates and issue an outside tender.

Candidates who vied for the position under the original internal tender included former news division director Uri Levy, "Yoman" news program editor Moshe Nestelbaum, documentaries department director Itai Landsberg, and program director Yitzhak Zonenshein.

For quite some time now, the IBA has not used organized procedures for selecting the Channel 1 director. Last May, however, the IBA's administrative council decided to hold tenders for all senior positions at the authority.