Public Israeli Channel Holds Rush Meeting Following Airing of 'Demeaning' Segment

A studio item showcasing a young woman milking a goat goes viral, embarrassing the heads of Israeli Educational Television; channel official: It wasn't the brightest editorial decision.

Israeli Educational Television's management held a special meeting last week concerning a controversial segment aired on the channel's flagship current affairs program, which many considered to be demeaning to its participants.

The segment, which originally ran a few weeks ago on the veteran daily show Erev Hadash ("A New Evening") was meant to discuss the beneficial traits of goats milk, and displayed a young female employee of the program as she was drinking the fluid straight from a present goat.

Erev Hadash
Israeli Educational Television

The seemingly inappropriate scene, overseen by the show's long-time host Dan Margalit, quickly went viral, causing much embarrassment to the public educational channel.

Last week's meeting of the channel's top directors as well as state officials, coming in the wake of the controversy brought on by the segment, was participated by the Education Ministry's director general as well as channel officials Dalit Shtauber and Shlomo Kasif.

In the meeting, officials called the item a negative editorial decision, with sources saying the young female employee who took part in the segment was offered mental aid following the massive exposure the segment garnered.

One channel employee told Haaretz the young woman was shamed by the great attention given to the segment, saying that that had a "great part in the channel's decision to probe the circumstances that led to the segment's airing."

The young woman's comment was unavailable for comment.

"It was a unnecessary segment [brought on by] bad judgment, and that's all," one channel employee said, adding that a "probe had been undertaken, there was a meeting, and we understood that it wasn't the brightest editorial judgment in recent times, and that's how it ended."

Another channel employee added, on the other side, that the "media circus was caused as a result of the great exposure and after the segment was taken out of context."

"When you show isolated frames, it looks cheap and demeaning, but it's the way things were framed that made it look that way," the source added.