Host Leaving Channel 10's 'Hashavua' After Just Four Months

Miki Rosenthal, the investigative journalist who was named lead anchor of Channel 10's weekly news program "Hashavua," announced his resignation yesterday after four months hosting the program.

In a statement published by Channel 10, Rosenthal said he asked to leave after he concluded that "suits and ties are not for me. I feel much more at ease on the ground."

Rosenthal will continue hosting the Friday night show until the network finds a replacement. He will remain with the network as a contributor of investigative reports.

The program's ratings have been sagging. Last weekend, his program had ratings of only 3.2 percent. Its maximum was 5.8 percent, registered the first week the show was on the air.

The show has been averaging ratings of 4 percent, far less than the 7 percent garnered by Ofer Shelah and Raviv Drucker, the hosts of Channel 10's previous Friday night news show.

Channel 10 shook up its Friday night lineup a year ago. In February 2009, the network's management decided to turn the weekly news program into a mid-week investigative journalism program. Dov Gilhar served as the show's interim host for more than a year, until a new face could be found.

In April 2010, Rosenthal was chosen to host the new show.