Israel's Channel 1 to Broadcast Right-wing Satirical Show

The show was scheduled for broadcast over a year ago, but postponed by the then management of the Israel Broadcasting Authority, which has since been changed.

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From the Latma satirical show,
From the Latma satirical show,Credit: Screenshot Latma

The right-wing Israeli satire show by Latma, a right-wing group of journalists and editors, will be screened on the Channel 1 TV channel in three months, in terms of a contract signed between the producers of the show and the Israel Broadcasting Authority.

"Yes, it's really happening," Latma wrote on its official Facebook page on Wednesday. "At the end of a bumpy road a contract has been signed between the Broadcasting Authority and Latma, and in February 2015 we will meet on the TV screen."

Although the show, which has run for three years on the Internet, was approved for slated to be screened over a year ago, then-IBA chairman Amir Gilat decided not to approve the show for broadcast.

The IBA's change of mind followed a major reform in Israeli broadcasting by Communications Minister Gilad Erdan, who was appointed to the post of Interior Minister on Tuesday.

The Latma team thanked Communications Erdan (Likud) "for the revolution occurring in public broadcasting," as well as MKs Amram Mitzna (Hatnua) and Ayelet Shaked (Jewish Home) "for their help that wasn't obvious from the start."

"We thank our thousands of supporters, young and old, public representatives and rank-and-file citizens, men, women and children nation-wide and outside of it, for the unending expression of support even in the last year in which we stopped writing and broadcasting. Thank you. Without you it wouldn't have happened and without you it wouldn't have been worth it," they added.

The program, which enjoys something of a cult following among nationalists, is the brainchild of journalist Caroline Glick.

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