State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss will examine the decision by Channel 10 and the The Second Authority for Television and Radio to broadcast a controversial apology to Sheldon Adelson following the airing of a profile on the American Jewish billionaire. Lindenstrauss agreed to launch an investigation - to be headed by attorney Hillel Shamgar, director of the State Comptroller's Ombudsman's office - in the wake of a complaint filed by the Tel Aviv Journalists' Association.
In September, Channel 10 opened its Friday night weekly news program Hashavua (This Week) with a lengthy apology to Adelson following a profile on him broadcast in January. The apology prompted the resignations of the CEO and editor in chief of the news division Reudor Benziman, the program's editor Ruthie Yovel, and the presenter of the show Guy Zohar - who resigned on air.
American casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, who owns the Israeli daily Israel Hayom, is considered close to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The apology was said to have been demanded by one of the station's owners, partly out of pressure exerted by Channel 10 shareholder Ron Lauder, the U.S. businessman and Jewish community leader who is also close to Netanyahu.
Channel 10 said: "Since we are supervised by the public daily, hour by hour and minute by minute, we have no problem whasoever with any examination."
The Second Authority said that it would not interfere with the comptroller's work, but wished to complete its own examination of the matter first.
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