Media Comment: The new director-general of the IBA

04.08.2011                      04.Aw-Elul, 5771

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Media Comment: The new director-general of the IBA

The recent appointment of Yoni Ben-Menachem has awakened a few demons from their slumber.

Arguably, the most influential job at the Israel Broadcasting Authority is that of the director-general. The director-general is not only an administrator, but also the chief editor of a public media organization whose annual budget is close to NIS 1 billion a year, almost all originating from the taxpayers’ pockets. The IBA empire includes two TV channels, numerous radio stations in multiple languages and an Internet website. It is one of the most important purveyors of news and often sets the national agenda.
No wonder the selection process for this desirable position may wake some demons from their slumber.
Now comes the news that Yoni Ben-Menachem is to be the new director-general after Mordechai Sklaar’s five-year term expired….