Yigal Ravid

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Yigal Ravid
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Yigal Ravid
Born (1957-08-13) 13 August 1957 (age 62)
OccupationJournalist, Presenter, Newsreader
Years active1983-present

Yigal Ravid (Hebrew: יגאל רביד‎; born 13 August 1957) is an Israeli radio and television presenter, he hosted the 1999 Eurovision Song Contest following the victory of Dana International the year before.[1] Ravid is currently employed by Channel 1; additionally he reports on current affairs for the European Broadcasting Union.[2]

Early life[edit]

Yigal Ravid, was born in Tel Aviv, Israel in 1957. He was a student at the Tel-Aviv Herzeliya High School. Ravid then attended the Tel Aviv University, where he studied Political Science achieving an undergraduate in Bachelor of Arts. Yigal enrolled with the young journalists' scheme after he received a scholarship at the John Kennedy Foundation. He continued his education at the University of New York where he studied for a Master of Arts degree in Communications.[3]

Yigal's began his professional journalism with the Galei Tzahal, a nationwide Israeli army radio network operated by the Israel Defense Forces. Between 1983 and 1989 Ravid continued his journalism career as a newsreader working for Kol Yisrael, public domestic and international radio service, operated as a division of the Israel Broadcasting Authority. It was during this time that he also presented a music show on the Israeli radio station, Reshet Gimel.[3]

Before returning as an editor and newsreader for Kol Yisrael in 1993, Yigal worked for Israel Radio International as a journalist while undergoing further educational studies in America. In 1996 he continued his newsreader career for Israeli network Channel 1, where he then switched channels in 1998 and presented news programs for Channel 2. Yigal is fluent in many languages including English, French, and German, as well as his native tongue Hebrew.[3]

Eurovision Song Contest[edit]

Yigal has appeared twice at the Eurovision Song Contest. In 1998 he presented the Israel televotes.[4] Ravid returned to the Eurovision stage the year after when he was a co-host at the Eurovision Song Contest 1999 along with Dafna Dekel and Sigal Shachmon.[5][1]



Year Title Role Notes
1983 - 1989 Kol Yisrael Newsreader[3] -
1983 - 1989 Reshet Gimel Presenter[3] Music show
1990 - 1992 Israel Radio International Journalist[3] -
1993 Kol Yisrael Editor[3] -


Year Title Role Notes
1993 - 2003 Channel 2 News[6] Newsreader -
1996, 2003–present Channel One News Editor and newsreader[3] -
1998 Eurovision Song Contest 1998 Israeli vote presenter 1 episode[4]
1999 Eurovision Song Contest 1999 Host 1 episode[5]
2002 Only in Israel Himself 1 episode[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Eurovision Song Contest 1999". European Broadcasting Union. 29 May 1999. Retrieved 5 September 2012.
  2. ^ "Yigal Ravid's overview". Linked in. Retrieved 5 September 2012.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h "Personal Biography". ZoomInfo. 20 May 2001. Retrieved 5 September 2012.
  4. ^ a b "Eurovision Song Contest 1998 - Cast". IMDb. Retrieved 5 September 2012.
  5. ^ a b "Eurovision Song Contest 1999 - Cast". IMDb. Retrieved 5 September 2012.
  6. ^ "Channel 2 News - Cast". IMDb. Retrieved 5 September 2012.
  7. ^ "Only in Israel - Cast". IMDb. Retrieved 5 September 2012.
Preceded by
United Kingdom Ulrika Jonsson & Terry Wogan
Eurovision Song Contest presenter
(with Dafna Dekel & Sigal Shachmon)
Succeeded by
Sweden Kattis Ahlström & Anders Lundin