Yaakov Eilon 390.
(photo credit: Courtesy of Gilad Adin/Wikipedia)
For the better part of two decades, Yaakov Eilon, the top news anchor at Channel
10, has been reading the news, but this week he made news by tendering his
resignation via email to CEO Uri Rozen.
Eilon also made news a decade ago
when he and co-anchor Miki Haimovich left Channel 2 to be pioneer broadcasters on
the new Channel 10.
They had also been on the ground floor of Channel 2,
which they joined close to its inception in 1993. When they moved to Channel 10,
Eilon’s then-significant other, Yonit Levy, took Haimovich’s place as female
news anchor at Channel 2.
Eilon was reportedly furious at this
development and their romance broke up, never to be rekindled.
Haimovich weathered the economic storms that have frequently rocked Channel 10,
but Eilon – among other highly paid staff members – did not get his January
salary on time and was subsequently informed that the channel’s management would
be instituting a 15-percent pay cut among employees in the higher wage
Eilon had been discontented long before that. He was far from
thrilled when Haimovich announced her departure from Channel 10 at the end of
2010 because she felt that she had nothing more to give.
Eilon was even
less thrilled to learn that Haimovich would be replaced by Tamar Ish-Shalom,
with whom he refused to share the microphone, insisting that they appear
separately on the small screen.
The straw that appears to have broken the
camel’s back was Channel 10 having to move its news broadcast at the beginning
of January – from its Givatayim studios to Jerusalem Capital Studios – to comply
with the law that all media outlets receiving state funding must broadcast their
news from the capital. This apparently cramped Eilon’s style, because it
prevented him from doing studio interviews or staying in close contact with
editors and reporters.
Channel 1 has never had this problem, since it
uses technology that enables its Jerusalembased anchors to interview people in
Tel Aviv, Haifa or any of the Broadcasting Authority’s mobile studios throughout
the country. While this is not quite the same as conducting interviews
face-to-face, it is better than Skype.
In Eilon’s letter to Rozen, he
complained about technical snafus.
Eilon has decided to stay on until the
end of April instead of departing immediately.