Journalist Ayala Hasson, who held the highest-ranking position of any woman in Israel’s broadcasting media, bid a highly emotional farewell to the Israel Broadcasting Authority following her final presentation of the news and current affairs program Yoman (Weekend Diary) on Channel One on Friday night.
Hasson’s resignation from the IBA, which was announced last week and which she said on Friday night had been her home for more than two decades, took her colleagues by surprise.
Hasson had always been fiercely loyal to the IBA, was regarded as a top-class investigative reporter, and scored numerous political scoops.
In August 2014, she was promoted to head the news division of Channel One, the first woman to be given this responsibility.
On Friday she hinted that, during the past year, she had come up against situations that she had never previously encountered in all her years in television. Although she did not say so directly, she did hint that this is what prompted her decision to leave the IBA for Channel 10.