Army Radio Head Defends Appointment of Outsider Etti Anetta-Segev as Culture Chief

The producer and editor Etti Anetta-Segev will become head of the culture department at Army Radio in three months. She will replace Muli Shapira, who set up the department and has been its head for the past 35 years. Shapira will retire but will still present programs, including his popular "Bilui Naim."

Grumbles over Anetta-Segev's appointment have been heard from veteran staffers, who complained the new chief should have come from inside Army Radio, and that it was improper to make the appointment without setting up a committee to search for suitable candidates and without publishing a tender.

The workers are planning to meet with the journalists' committee and with representatives of the Histadrut labor federation to examine whether the procedure was legal. They are also considering turning to the state comptroller.

"We are a military station and appointments in an army unit are usually not done through a search committee," said Yitzhak Tunik, the commander of the station. "Nevertheless, we followed a very orderly procedure during which I announced the intention of filling the post to all the department heads and to the workers at Army Radio, and I invited those interested to submit their candidacy. I interviewed some 15 candidates from inside the station and also some who are not working at Army Radio."

Does the new director have a work plan for the division?

"Etti will take over the position in another three months. At this stage, there is no need for a detailed work program. She is one of the best known professionals in the field of culture and she has tremendous experience both in terms of content and with large productions. I am sure that together we will succeed in showing Army Radio can continue to be a leading station in the field of arts and entertainment. I hope to exploit the opportunity that the directors are changing and expect she will reexamine all the existing frameworks and update them as needed."

The cultural department is one of the station's flagships. What is a new director supposed to contribute to the field? What will change?

"To continue to be the most influential and the most creative, we have to be energetic and create new things. We have to continue to do large-scale productions and to produce big evenings as we have done until now. Muli Shapira led the station to a great many achievements in the cultural field, and we need someone who will keep moving forward."