YA’AKOV AHIMEIR 390.
(photo credit: Courtesy: IBA)
Veteran Israel Broadcasting Authority journalist Ya’akov Ahimeir has been named
the Israel Prize Laureate in the field of communications.
He was notified
of the honor on Sunday by Education Minister Gideon Sa’ar, who happens to be one
of the many public figures who have been interviewed by Ahimeir over the
Ahimeir has been the recipient of numerous prizes and awards,
among them the prestigious Sokolov prize, Israel’s highest award for
In congratulating Ahimeir, IBA Director- General Yoni Ben
Menachem said that Ahimeir’s work as a journalist had brought a great deal of
honor and respect to the IBA. His journalistic integrity, his achievements – and
above all – his maintenance of a code of ethics and respect for human dignity
throughout his many years in the profession, made him worthy of the Israel
Prize, said Ben Menachem.
The awards committee headed by
Prof. Eitan Gilboa, noted that Ahimeir had served the interests of public
broadcasting for five decades, that he had been among the founders of Israel
Television (now known as Channel One) and that he represented the best in
Broadcasting both on radio and television and
contributing to the print media, Ahimeir in a long career, has been a reporter,
editor, presenter, foreign correspondent, commentator and raconteur.
had also made several documentaries.
The committee commended Ahimeir (who
is the son of Abba Ahimeir, Revisionist activist, historian and journalist, who
was considered in some quarters to be a political extremist), for keeping his
professional work as a journalist separate from his political
Ahimeir,73, though long past retirement age, continues to
regularly present an early morning current affairs program on Israel Radio as
well as a weekly world news program on Channel One.
Although he is very
polite to his interviewees, many of them find his authoritarian voice
Previous IBA recipients of the Israel Prize include Haim
Yavin and Yosef Barel.
In the latter case it was actually Arabic
Television that was given the award, but Barel, who was head of Israel
Television at the time, accepted it.
Ram Loevy, who spent several years
with the IBA, was also a recipient of the Israel Prize.