'Eurovision Presenter Lucy Ayoub Won't Receive Pay for Hosting Song Contest'

Report by Israeli news site Ynet says Lucy Ayoub's salary is her regular retainer as an employee of public broadcaster Kan, while three other hosts are set to receive a total of 450,000 shekels ($126,000)

The four presenters of the Eurovision song contest in Tel Aviv: Assi Azar, Bar Refaeli, Erez Tal and Lucy Ayoub.
Eyal Nevo

Out of the four presenters of the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv, three are going to receive a salary while one will receive none, the Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth reported.

Israeli top model Bar Refaeli, television presenter Assi Azar and television host Erez Tal will together receive 450,000 shekel ($126,000) while Lucy Ayoub, an Arab Israeli poet, radio host and presenter, will receive none on the grounds that she already works for the Kan public broadcaster, which produces the event.

The four presenters of the Eurovision song contest in Tel Aviv: Assi Azar, Bar Refaeli, Erez Tal and Lucy Ayoub.
Andres Putting

According to the report, the presenters have been attending nearly daily meetings ahead of the contest since March, thus adding up to two months of work for which Ayoub will not receive additional pay.

Ayoub, who hosted the program "Culture Club" on Kan, presented Israel’s votes in last year’s contest. Culture and Sport Minister Miri Regev criticized Ayoub for speaking Arabic during last year’s broadcast, after she said “good evening” in both Hebrew and Arabic.

This year's role in Eurovision is her first major role hosting a large-scale television event.

Television presenter Assi Azar has reportedly decided to donate his earnings from presenting the event to the Israel Gay Youth, an NGO advocating for LGBT rights.

Kan public broadcaster declined to comment on the report, saying in a statement: "We do not comment on rumors regarding our workers and our talents' salary agreements."