Etgar Keret
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Launch of new TV news channel is delayed

The launch of a new, 24-hour international television news channel, scheduled for today, has been postponed to an unspecified date due to what it called “minor technical difficulties.” Called i24, the channel, which is funded by HOT controlling shareholder Patrick Drahi and run by Frank Melloul, will broadcasting international news, with a focus on the Middle East, from new studios in the Jaffa Port. It will broadcast around the clock in English and French, and five hours daily in Arabic. ‏(Gili Izikovich‏)

Etgar Keret nominated for int’l literary award

Israeli author Etgar Keret was one of 12 writers nominated for the 2013 Warwick Prize for Writing, a biennial award given by Britain’s University of Warwick. The top prize is 25,000 pounds. The prize is unique in that it is open to works written in English in any form and from anywhere in the world. Keret was nominated for his story collection “Suddenly, a Knock on the Door,” ‏(Farrar, Straus and Giroux, originally published in Hebrew in 2010 by Zmora-Bitan‏). ‏(Maya Sela‏)

Eyal Golan and Rita to judge ‘Kokhav Nolad’

The judges for the 11th season of “Kokhav Nolad” ‏(Israel’s version of “American Idol”‏) will be singers Rita and Eyal Golan, public relations agent Rani Rahav and the host of the program until now, Tzvika Hadar, Channel 2 franchisee Keshet announced yesterday. The program will be hosted by Assi Azar, who until now has emceed “Big Brother.” Keshet said so many changes have been made to Kokhav Nolad’s format, that it isn’t really the program’s 11th season, but the first season of an almost-new show. “Kokhav Nolad,” the oldest of the reality talent shows, has had to update itself in the face of competition from Reshet in the form of the “The Voice Israel” and the soon-to-be-launched local version of “The X Factor.” ‏(Gili Izikovich‏)