Jacobo Zabludovsky

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Zabludovsky and the second or maternal family name is Kraveski.
Jacobo Zabludovsky
Born (1928-05-24) May 24, 1928 (age 86)
Mexico City, Mexico
Occupation Journalist
Spouse(s) Sara Zabludovsky (née Sara Nerubay)
Children Abraham Zabludovsky Nerubay (journalist)
Relatives Abraham Zabludovsky (architect), brother

Jacobo Zabludovsky Kraveski (born May 24, 1928) is a Mexican journalist. He was the first anchorman in Mexican television and his TV news program, 24 Horas (24 Hours) was for decades the most important in the country.[1]

Biography[edit]

Zabludovsky was born in 1928 in Mexico City to Polish-Jewish immigrants. He is the brother of the late Abraham Zabludovsky (1924-2003), a famed Architect.

Zabludovsky was a well known anchor man hosting 24 Horas, the main news program on the popular Televisa network between 1971 and 1998.[1] Owing to the nonconfrontational approach of the network, the programme was perceived as partisan and supportive of the government.[1][2][3] In 1998, citing a desire to cut down his workload and ill-health, he retired from presenting 24 Horas, which also came to an end with his departure, marking the end of an era in Mexican journalism.[4] After leaving 24 Horas, Zabludovsky worked on special newscasts and documentaries.[2] However, in 2000, he resigned from the Televisa network following the resignation of his son, Abraham, who also worked for Televisa.[2] Zabludovsky claimed that his son had been overlooked for the position of night time news anchor and that he was resigning out of solidarity with him.[2]

During his career at Televisa, Zabludovsky covered several important episodes. He was one of few Mexican reporters in Cuba the day Fidel Castro entered Havana in 1959 during the overthrow of the Batista dictatorship and reported from his car phone (at that time these car phones were the only mobile phones in Mexico and were a luxury item) the 1985 earthquake that destroyed several parts of Mexico City.[4] However, there was criticism of his coverage of presidential elections in 1988 and 1994, when he favored the candidate of the government party to the exclusion of opposition contenders.[5][6] He interviewed many notable people, including President Ernesto Zedillo,[7] Salvador Dalí and María Félix.

Eighteen months after leaving television, he began a radio newscast on a new station, La 69 at Grupo Radio Centro, with the pledge of being more critical "...in agreement with the New Mexico in which we are living."[8]

He currently writes "Bucareli", a weekly column for Mexican nationwide newspaper El Universal, and hosts a weekday radio program in Radio Red.

He is the subject of Molotov's song Que No Te Haga Bobo Jacobo (Don't let Jacobo make a fool out of you), where he is accused of receiving bribes from Carlos Salinas and negotiating the news with the government.[9][10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Rohter, Larry (1990-06-24). "As the world turns, it's news with a spin; Mexico: The Word According To Jacobo". New York Times. Retrieved 2007-11-25. 
  2. ^ a b c d Preston, Julia (2000-04-01). "In Mexico, Top Newsman And Network Part Ways". New York Times. Retrieved 2007-11-25. 
  3. ^ Depalma, Anthony (1994-03-06). "Press in Mexico docile on revolt". New York Times. Retrieved 2007-11-25. 
  4. ^ a b Preston, Julia (1998-01-20). "Mexico City Journal; News (and State) Anchor Weighs His". New York Times. Retrieved 2007-11-25. 
  5. ^ Rohter, Larry (1988-07-16). "Press To Many, Mexican Press Is Meek . . .". New York Times. Retrieved 2007-11-25. 
  6. ^ Golden, Tim (1994-07-23). "Mexican TV Picks Its Political Shots". New York Times. Retrieved 2007-11-25. 
  7. ^ Dillon, Sam (1996-08-15). "Mexico's New Press Boldness Stops at Leader's Desk". New York Times. Retrieved 2007-11-25. 
  8. ^ Vértiz, Columba (2001-09-01). "Zabludovsky aboga ahora por la libertad de prensa" (in Spanish). Proceso. Archived from the original on 2008-03-02. Retrieved 2007-11-25. 
  9. ^ http://www.businessweek.com/2000/00_26/c3687167.htm Will Young Rockers Really Rock the Boat?
  10. ^ Molotov Que no te haga bobo Jacobo Lyrics

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Media offices
Preceded by
Position established
Televisa Nightly News Anchor
1971–1998
Succeeded by
Guillermo Ortega Ruiz