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Jerusalem Post - Jerusalem
Author: Starr, Penny
Date: May 6, 1994
Start Page: 11
Section: Arts
Abstract (Document Summary)

On CNN on Tuesday, De Klerk was seen bopping away to a Tina Turner tune at a celebration bash. Democratic elections had to come sooner or later to South Africa, and it would have been easy for De Klerk to hold onto his position of power and prestige and let the next bloke deal with the problem. But De Klerk is a man driven not by politics but by humanity. So there at the head of South Africa stood [Nelson Mandela], a man who'd spent years imprisoned by whites, being conceded to, very graciously, by a white man.

Truly amazing was the appearance of the IBA's English-language newsreader Steve Edwards on Jordan TV! It wasn't exactly a cross-border link-up with Jordan, but maybe it'll happen one day. Jordan's English news on Tuesday night took clips from CNN World News which had [Yitzhak Rabin] and [Yasser Arafat] being questioned by journalists. Jordan TV edited the CNN broadcast, but Edwards's question to Arafat made it through the cuts. They must have known who he was - we know who all their newsreaders are. Was this a tiny concession? Are we no longer the Zionist Entity? Are we just good old, bad old, - well, plain old Israel?

No, there must be more to it than that. Dudu Topaz is tall and has dimples, and his Friday night show (New Channel 2, 9:05 p.m.) did nothing for me. It was dedicated to Lag ba'Omer and love, as was Rivka Michaeli's show on Channel 1 (Friday, 9:40 p.m.). But where Rivka connected with her guests, Dudu just dug trenches between the sexes.

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