The anomaly of Galei Tzahal: Israel's army radio as a cultural vanguard and force for pluralism

Oren Soffer

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Abstract

Israels Army Radio (Galei Tzahal) has been broadcasting for sixty years. Unlike military stations around the world, Galei Tzahal has always transmitted from the centre of the country, with programming aimed at the civilian population. This article examines how Galei Tzahal became a leading force in Israeli broadcasting and news coverage. Among other points, the article explores how military broadcasts, which are ostensibly foreign to the democratic experience, have become a symbol of pluralism, journalistic freedom, and the social and cultural avant-garde in Israel.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)225-243
Number of pages19
JournalHistorical Journal of Film, Radio and Television
Volume32
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2012
Externally publishedYes

Funding

This research was supported by The Open University of Israel’s Research Fund (grant no. 46119). The author would like to thank Sivan Degani, Karen Gold and Dr Colette Stoeber for all their help and comments.

FundersFunder number
Open University of Israel’s Research Fund46119

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