Palestinian Broadcasting Corporation (PBC)
هيئة الإذاعة والتلفزيون الفلسطينية
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Agency overview
HeadquartersRamallah, Palestine
Agency executive
  • Ahmad Hazoury, general manager
Websitewww.pbc.ps

The Palestinian Broadcasting Corporation (PBC; Arabic: هيئة الإذاعة والتلفزيون الفلسطينية, romanizedHayʾat al-ʾIḏāʿa wa-t-Tilifizyūn al-Filasṭīniyya) or Palestine Public Broadcasting Corporation (الهيئة العامة للإذاعة والتلفزيون الفلسطينية al-Hayʾa l-ʿĀmma li-l-ʾIḏāʿa wa-t-Tilifizyūn al-Filasṭīniyya), also known as Palestine TV, was established on 1 July 1994 and is within the jurisdiction of the Palestinian Authority. It has a subsidiary radio station known as the Voice of Palestine and a satellite channel known as Palestinian Satellite Channel. Palestine TV first began broadcasting in 1996 in Gaza. The first head of the PBC was Fatah activist and Arafat loyalist Radwan Abu Ayyash, former head of the Arab Journalists' Association.[1]

The PBC was funded partially by the US government until 1998.[2]

On 19 January 2002, the Israel Defense Forces used explosives to destroy the five-story main building and transmission tower of the PBC in Ramallah claiming retaliation for the killing of six people by a Palestinian gunman linked to Fatah. The Israeli Government later singled out PBC for broadcasting material deemed to be anti-Semitic or that incited violence.[3][4]

The broadcasting corporation is a former European Broadcasting Union associate member, and was alleged to have held negotiations with the European Broadcasting Union to become a full active members.[5] However, Palestine is not a member of the required organisations, and thus does not comply with the criteria.[6]

References

  1. ^ Jamal, A (2005). Media politics and democracy in Palestine. Sussex Academic Press. ISBN 978-1-84519-039-2, p. 78.
  2. ^ Brynen, Rex (2000). A very political economy: peacebuilding and foreign aid in the West Bank and Gaza. US Institute of Peace Press. ISBN 978-1-929223-04-6, p. 109
  3. ^ "Israel and the occupied territories". 2002 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices. US Department of State.
  4. ^ BBC News Online, 'Palestinians seek $10m for radio attack', 24 January 2002.
  5. ^ Karhapää, Ilari (11 May 2007). "Palestinians wants to tell a different story". ESCToday. Retrieved 10 October 2014.
  6. ^ Repo, Juha (6 June 2012). "New EBU members? Not very likely". esctoday.com. ESCToday. Retrieved 10 October 2014.