The Council for Cable TV and Satellite Broadcasting is a public council established under the Telecommunications Law of 1982. Its fundamental work is to represent, protect and promote the public interests in the field of cable and satellite multi-channel subscriber television.
Among the duties these interests entail, are the need to guarantee service improvement methods which are best for subscribers; the need to ensure the representation of maximum diversity and pluralism by the broadcasting channels and the contents they deliver; the improvement of technologies and services; Increasing the supply and freedom of choice for subscribers; minimizing prices, etc.
Another interest represented by the Council is the need to develop original Israeli content production. The development of the local production industry will broaden the array of possibilities to express the multitude of tastes and opinions within the Israeli public, will enrich Israeli culture, will enable varied representations of current issues, and will strengthen the grasp of Modern Hebrew language.
Moreover, developing the local production industry may also create hundreds or thousands of new jobs. It will enlarge and develop existing fields of activities such as studio services, channel producers etc, and will economically boost the industry.
The Council is a public body, and most of its members serve in it as public emissaries, while every such member has his or her own main career aside from the activity as Council member. The Council is headed by a Chairman, who represents the Minister of Communications, and is the only member whose work in the Council is his primary activity. He is responsible for leading the Council's work so that it fulfills its purpose and implement its authorities.
The rest of the Council members come from diverse fields of activity. Seven of them are public representatives (including representatives of the Local Government Center and representatives of culture and education institutions), and six other members represent various government ministries, including the Ministry of Communications, Ministry of Education and Culture, Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Justice.
The Council includes a number of sub-committees, some are permanent (such as Programs Committee) and others are committees appointed for a specific issue, and who transmit their conclusions and recommendations to the Council's plenum. In addition, different topics for discussion are also directly brought up at the plenum. The Council usually convenes once a week, to discuss the issues current on its agenda.
The Council is assisted by different functions within the Ministry of Communications, noted among which is the Public Broadcasting Regulation Administration, which performs tasks of preparation, analysis, opinions, drafts and regular work, all essential for the successful work of the Council.
The Council is a member at the European Platform of Regulatory Authorities (EPRA).