ANYONE IN the Knesset corridors around lunchtime this coming Tuesday, July 22, who happens to see former Channel 2 news anchor Gadi Sukenik, should not be surprised. Sukenik, after a brief hiatus from the small screen, returned to moderate the controversial Polygraph program on Channel 2; now he has been invited to appear before the Knesset Education Committee headed by MK Michael Melchior (Labor-Meimad). In addition to Sukenik, other invitees include participants in the program, representatives of the Channel 2 franchisees, representatives of the Second Broadcasting Authority, parents and teachers' representatives, as well as representatives from The National Council for the Child.
AFTER FAMOUSLY receiving NIS 1.5 million for cropping her hair for a television commercial, Ninette Tayeb is returning to her long tresses. No, she's not growing her hair - she's wigging it. Tayeb, who is getting into character for the movie Walls, was recognized a few weeks back in a Jerusalem supermarket in a religious neighborhood sporting a long blonde wig and wearing longer sleeves and a higher neckline than is her custom in Tel Aviv. Last week, she was seen emerging from a Ramat Gan hair salon with a cascade of below-the-shoulder wavy black hair to match her own. The wig was attached in such a way as to reveal Tayeb's real hair. This time, Tayeb was dressed a la Tel Aviv - cap sleeves, ultra low neckline and mid-thigh hemline.
THE BIG question in the entertainment industry is whether Michal Yanai is heading for a second round under the bridal canopy. After her unfortunate experience with her first highly publicized but short-lived and mostly miserable marriage, Yanai has been a little more cautious these days. Even though Ben Muscal, her current beau, has reportedly popped the question, she's taking her time saying "I do."
THE MANAGEMENT of the Israel Broadcasting Authority was quick to respond to speculation in some of the Hebrew press that suggested that as part of its cost cutting measures, the IBA would drop one of the Mabat News anchors and would just have one presenter. Lest Yinon Magal or Merav Miller get paranoid, IBA Director-General Moti Sklar issued an instant denial stating that it was never the intention of the IBA to separate the two; that the IBA believed in the pair and the way in which they presented the news and considered them to be the best news presenters in the business. As for cost cutting, considering that Ayala Hasson is both a television and radio personality and that Gideon Kutz - who is permanently stationed in France - is the IBA's European reporter, it seems strange that the IBA found it necessary to send veteran political reporter Shmulik Tal to Paris to cover the Mediterranean conference attended by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Syrian President Bashar Assad. Hasson and Kutz could surely have handled the assignment on their own.
Assi Dayan is an industrious worker, juggling and sometimes combining his talents as an actor, filmmaker and scriptwriter. He's currently working on a new production and is writing the script for a movie called Scared to Death, with cowriter Lucy Dubinchik. So far, the plot remains under wraps.
APPARENTLY THE employees of Radio 99 like having Arkadi Gaydamak as a boss, and in the name of the station appealed to the High Court of Justice against a ruling instructing Gaydamak to sell his shares in the radio station if he runs for political office. The employees point out that it is explicitly stated in the station's articles of association that the owners are not allowed to interfere in program content, and this is emphasized in the contracts that the station has with all its journalists, wherein they are guaranteed complete freedom of expression. The employees say that Gaydamak is not the only person with political ambitions whose business involvements include media outlets, but that no one has cracked down on the others.
BILLED AS Goodbye Yellow Brickle Road, an "outrageous symphony of decadent chocolate ice cream, peanut butter cookie dough, butter brickle and white chocolate chunks" is being released by Ben & Jerry's in tribute to Elton John at the conclusion of his current tour, and will be available in Vermont from July 18 to July 25. Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield launched Ben & Jerry's ice cream 30 years ago in Vermont, and Elton John's tour is taking him there for the first time. Proceeds from the sale of the limited-batch ice cream will go to the Elton John AIDS Foundation.