In journalistic circles, what goes around comes around, so it is not exactly surprising that Yoram Cohen was named acting head of Ch. 1’s News Division following Ayala Hasson’s resignation and her departure to Ch. 10.
Cohen, who for the past four years has gone into dangerous territory and been seen on screen chatting to leading Palestinian personalities as well as to ordinary Palestinians in the street, and reporting on funerals of Palestinian terrorists, is now back in the seat that he occupied some five years ago.
In some circles it would be considered a hot seat, but compared to what he’s been doing over the past four years, anything else, despite the heavy responsibility, is a welcome respite.
In the revolving door syndrome of the journalistic profession, Cohen, who has been with the IBA since 1991, has held a number of editorial and managerial positions including CEO of Ch. 1, head of local news, head of the Ch. 1 News Division, editor of the Mabat news program, and editor of special programs, is back in the second most important position of his old jobs.
At the behest of Prof. David Hahn, who in his capacity of administrator-general and official receiver of the State of Israel is also the IBA liquidator, Cohen will be holding the fort for just over four months until the dissolution of the IBA and the establishment of a new, streamlined, cost efficient public broadcasting service.