Arab TV station set for launch in Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, May 9, 2011

Israeli Arabs are to have a dedicated Arab-language television channel for the first time.

Arab audiences in Israel have long had access to satellite channels including al-Jazeera, while Israel's state television channel includes several hours of Arabic content each day.

The Israeli Communications Ministry said that the new station, to be called Hala TV, would go live in three months.


Reviewed: Exile and Case Sensitive

By Simon Round, May 6, 2011

BBC1: 4/5

Case Sensitive
ITV1: 3/5


Oprah honours Freedom Rider rabbi

By Jennifer Lipman, May 4, 2011

A rabbi who was arrested during civil rights demonstrations in America’s Deep South in the 1960s is to be honoured by Oprah Winfrey later today.

The talk show host has dedicated an episode of her popular show to the efforts of the Freedom Riders, who began their crusade for racial equality 50 years ago today.


'Scary': The Promise up for Bafta award

By Jennifer Lipman, April 27, 2011

A controversial drama series about British Mandate Palestine has been nominated for the most important award in British television.

The Promise, written and produced by Peter Kosminsky and screened on Channel 4 earlier this year, is up for a 2011 Philips British Academy Television Award (Bafta) for Drama Serial.


Broadcast regulator rejects every complaint on Promise

By Robyn Rosen, April 21, 2011

Ofcom has rejected scores of complaints about the impartiality and inaccuracy of the TV series The Promise, and defended it as a "serious television drama, not presented as a historical re-creation".


Promise critics: Stop moaning, you have Friday Night Dinner

By Marcus Dysch, April 7, 2011

The chief executive of Channel 4 has dismissed Jewish and Israeli concerns over The Promise and claimed that comedy series Friday Night Dinner was an example of "balance" in the station's programming.

David Abraham said British Jewish life was portrayed "very positively" in the sitcom about a family meeting for a Shabbat-style meal.


Mega-donors plan a Jewish Al-Jazeera

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 7, 2011

A group of Jewish philanthropists is planning to create an international television news channel to counter the influence of outlets like Al-Jazeera.


Police called to Paris The Promise riot

By Michel Zlotowski, March 31, 2011

Over 500 people demonstrated in Paris last week against the airing of the The Promise by TV channel Canal+.

Its head office and studios were surrounded by armed riot police.

The demonstration was organised by an ad hoc group, "Confederation of Jews of France and Friends of Israel" (CJFAI). Members of CRIF, the representative body of French Jewry, were also present.


The Promise: Even the extras felt ashamed

By Marcus Dysch, March 31, 2011

An Israeli woman who appeared in the series said she felt "ashamed and disgusted" after viewing the completed programme.

Yehudit Collins, a retired office administrator from Jerusalem, and her husband, Chaim, worked as extras on the film.


Peter Kosminsky says he kept Promise

By Marcus Dysch, March 31, 2011

Film-maker Peter Kosminsky has staunchly defended his drama series The Promise in his first public comments. Speaking at a Q&A session on Tuesday hosted by the TV station Al-Jazeera, Mr Kosminsky, 54, said that some reactions had been "hysterical".