Making Over the TV Channel That Israelis Love to Hate

Being financed by the taxpayer, not commercials, Channel 1 can afford to be experimental. Its chiefs promise excitement in the new program schedule, and that red tape will suddenly evaporate, too.

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This coming May, Israel's national TV channel will be marking its 45th anniversary. But the mood at the kicky Jerusalem restaurant where the Channel 1 network personnel toasted their new programming schedule...