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The Only Formula That Can Save Israel's Channel 13

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Israel’s Channel 10 was in mortal danger for most of its existence. I once wrote a piece proposing a formula to rescue it: Turn it into the Israeli version of the Fox News Channel. The next day, one of the channel’s financial lifelines contacted me. That’s an interesting idea, he said. Where would the professionals come from? I suggested a few names. And which one of them would run the news division? Hagai Segal, I replied. To which he said: You can’t be serious.

Years went by. A few of the people whose names I suggested are today leading print and electronic journalists. They have been joined by others, who were still quite young back then. Yet, the main editorial positions, those of the people who determine what is broadcast, from which angle, and what weight will be given to the main political items, are still filled by those who follow the “party line.”

Then there are the commissars in disguise, analysts who keep a steady drip of melancholy, despair and even poison flowing into our lives, painting a bleak picture of the places, people and organizations that are........

© Haaretz