Television director Ralph Inbar died today at the age of 65. Inbar had links with the Eurovision Song Contest, the recent one being the artistic director of the 1999 Eurovision Song Contest.
Ralph Inbar lived his life, divided between Israel and The Netherlands. Inbar was among the founders of the Israeli broadcaster IBA. His Eurovision past include being the Israeli head of delegation, who also had a crucial role in 1976, when the contest was held in the Hague. Ralph Inbar was later praised by the Israeli performers of that year, as him being half Dutch helped solving problems with the Dutch production of the contest. In 1979 Inbar was involved in the production of the song contest in Jerusalem.
Inbar will also be remembered by Israeli and Dutch fans as the Dutch jury spokesman in the 1987 song contest, who attributed Israel 3 points-in Hebrew. Inbar's Eurovision climax was in 1999, when he was appointed the artistic director of the song contest in Jerusalem.
In The Netherlands, Inbar produced and presented several popular television programmes such as Bananasplit and TV masque.
Ralph Inbar died today in Germany, at the age of 65 due to heart attack. Dutch broadcaster, TROS, issued a memoriam for him on their frontpage.