NAKDIMON ROGEL 311.
(photo credit: courtesy)
Veteran journalist and broadcaster Nakdimon Rogel – who in 1995 authored the
ethical guidelines for broadcasting in Israel, known in Hebrew as Mismach Nakdi
– died on Thursday at his home in Kfar Saba at the age of 86.
avuncular and sometimes gruff character, Rogel’s journalistic career began at
the now-defunct Al- Hamishmar newspaper. In the early 1950s he joined Israel
Radio and established the department for training radio journalists. He was also
head of operations and hosted a popular treasure hunt program together with
At one point, Rogel worked as a foreign correspondent
reporting from Paris.
It was at Rogel’s initiative that the Israel
Broadcasting Authority’s main television and radio stations were established in
Romema in adjacent premises.
Rogel was one of the pioneers of television
in Israel, and was one of the early CEOs of Channel 1 in its initial incarnation
as ITV. For many years he also headed the IBA’s development projects.
keen researcher of the history and geography of Israel, he pursued these
subjects while employed at the IBA and continued to do so after his
The financial problems that constantly threaten the closure
of public broadcasting in Israel also prevailed in his time, and he was
frequently engaged in discussions with representatives of the Finance Ministry,
who constantly warned the IBA that it would cut off funding unless it introduced
more costcutting measures.
Ironically, on the day of Rogel’s death,
Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz pledged that the IBA would soon receive
considerable funding from his ministry.
The subject came up during an
interview of Steinitz by Israel Radio’s Arye Golan, about the new agreement with
hospital residents. In the course of the interview, Golan asked about the
proposed hike in electricity costs and also why the Finance Ministry – after
signing an agreement that included the dismissal of some 700 IBA staff members –
was still dragging its feet in providing the funding that would enable the
implementation of IBA reforms.
Steinitz immediately said that Golan was a
broadcasting asset that no one would want to lose. Golan made it clear that he
was not asking on his own behalf, but for the benefit of public broadcasting,
specifically the IBA.
Steinitz assured him that ample funds would soon be
transferred to the IBA, and that further funding would be made available from
the sale of IBA real estate.
Rogel will be buried on Friday in Kfar Saba.