|Industry||News, Internet Portal|
|Yon Feder (Founder) |
Avi Ben Tal (General Manager)
Ynet is one of the major Israeli news and general-content websites, and is the online outlet for the Yedioth Ahronot newspaper. However, most of Ynet's content is original work, published exclusively on the website and written by an independent staff.
Ynet was launched in June 2000 in Hebrew only; and in 2004 launched its online English edition Ynetnews. In addition, Ynet hosts the online version of Yedioth Aharanot's media group magazines: Laisha (which also operates Ynet's fashion section), Pnai Plus, Blazer, GO magazine, and Mentha. For two years, Ynet had also an Arabic version, which ceased to operate in May 2005. Ynet's main competition comes from Walla! Mako and Nana. Since 2008, Ynet is Israel's most popular internet portal, as measured by Google Trends.
In celebration of Israel's independence day in 2005, Ynet conducted a poll to determine whom Ynet readers consider to be the greatest Israelis of all time. The top 200 results were published, with Yitzhak Rabin placing first in the survey, and David Ben-Gurion placing second. Due to the nature of the poll used to select and rank the Israelis, the results do not pretend to be an objective assessment.
Since its establishment, Ynet editorial included writers and journalists such as Attila Somfalvi, Ariana Melamed, Smadar Shiloni, Itzhak ben Horin, Merav Yodilevich, Eli Senior, Ron Ben-Yishai, Meirav Kristal, Roy Yerushalmi, Erez Ehrlichman, Saray Shavit, and Hillel Posek, among many others.
The founding editor of Ynetnews, Alan Abbey, left in the summer of 2005 to serve as Internet Director for Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. The current managing editor, Sara Miller, has previously headed the websites of Haaretz English edition and The Jerusalem Post.
Ynetnews translators and editors provide coverage of news from Israel, Jewish World and the Middle East, based on the reporting and writing from Ynet, Yedioth Ahronoth, and other publications of its parent, the Yedioth Group. It regularly features renowned Yedioth commentators such as Nahum Barnea, Ron Ben-Yishai, Eitan Haber, Smadar Perry, Ronen Bergman, Shimon Shiffer, and Ariana Melamed. It also produces original content and in-depth reporting, commentary, and analysis.