CNN to be cut from Israeli cable

Thursday, September 20, 2012 |  Ryan Jones

Israel and CNN has their differences during the opening years of the latest Palestinian terrorist uprising, when the global news network repeatedly broadcast openly biased reports. But CNN hung on and remained a staple of English-language news consumption in the Jewish state.

That is about to change. Israeli satellite cable company YES has announced that from December 31, 2012, it will no longer broadcast CNN due to the high licensing cost and low approval ratings among Israeli customers.

Israel's other cable company, HOT, already cut CNN last year over a similar contract pricing dispute.

As in the US and Europe, news networks like Fox News, Sky News and the BBC regularly score higher with Israeli viewers than does CNN. And that is despite the fact that Israelis have to pay extra for Fox as a "premium" channel, whereas CNN was offered with the basic cable packages.

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