(photo credit: IBA)
Michael Miro, the new head of Israel Radio, has published a statement denying
allegations that he intends to interfere with the style of veteran radio
journalists such as Arye Golan, Keren Neubach and Yaron Dekel, who are all
integral to the morning programs on Reshet Bet.
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The allegations have been
published in several media outlets, giving rise to fears that Miro is anxious to
The people spreading these rumors, said Miro, have some kind of
destructive agenda and want to poison the atmosphere at Israel
Moreover, Miro continued, the rumormongers have created the
impression that any decisions he has made so far are politically rather than
professionally motivated, an allegation he emphatically denies.
that obviously, as the new head of Israel Radio, he wants to introduce change
into all stations and to the various programs, but that should not be
interpreted as an intention to harm veteran broadcasters, but as a desire to
improve the quality of broadcasts.
Nonetheless, journalists at Reshet Bet
are complaining about changes that Miro has already introduced, and are fearful
that he is trying to muzzle anchors from voicing their opinions on air, a factor
that could adversely affect ratings.
Miro was very fond of voicing his
own opinion in his various interview programs over the years, and often cut
across his interviewees to do so.
His recent appointment is still a
matter of controversy between the Jerusalem Journalists Association and the IBA.