The problem isn't merely budgetary. We are a working nation, and we arise early to get to work. Morning shifts start at 6am, and commuting often takes an hour. Expanding the programming schedule by an hour will cause people to remain glued to their televisions until after midnight, and there won't be enough time for the working person to sleep. It will be even worse with the youth.Yet it appears that perhaps 1975 was closer to today than Krugman's letter indicates. A week later Eli Mizrachi, Rabin's Chief of Staff, responded to Krugman: "we asked around and it's legal." By way of consolation he added that the Minister of Education would talk to the relevant committee and convey the unease of the Finance Committee.
The contention that people don't have to watch television so late disregards the fact that people do; televisions encourage people to watch thrillers and other programs. Nor does it help to shut the family TV, since the neighbors still have theirs on, broadcasting loudly.
I hereby request that you use your public stature to stop this development.
That was probably the end of the matter, if today's multi-channel permanent broadcasts are any indication.