Israeli Lawmakers Slam Ultra-Orthodox Radio Station for Keeping Women off the Air

Allowing women to go on air has caused the Kol Barama radio station’s ratings to plummet, the manager of the ultra-Orthodox station charged during a stormy meeting in the Knesset yesterday.

The Committee on the Status of Women was discussing cases in which women have been excluded from the public square due to Haredi (ultra-Orthodox ) pressure. During the debate, Culture and Sports Minister Limor Livnat and several Knesset members accused Kol Barama of refusing to let women on the air.

But station director Avi Mimran insisted this was strictly a business decision: “When we added women to the broadcasts, the station’s ratings fell,” he claimed.


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