Carlos Cruz (television presenter)

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Carlos Cruz
Born (1942-03-24) March 24, 1942 (age 73)
Torres Novas, Portugal
Occupation TV presenter

Carlos Cruz (born March 24, 1942, in Torres Novas) GCIH is a Portuguese former television presenter who has been convicted on charges of child sexual abuse.

Biography[edit]

Carlos Cruz was born in 1942 in Torres Novas. At the age of four he migrated to the Portuguese territory of Angola where, at 14, he started work as a sports reporter at the Emissora Católica de Angola and the Rádio Clube de Angola radio stations.[1] Back in Lisbon, he attended the Instituto Superior Técnico where he enrolled in the electrical engineering program, but dropped out and started a professional career in Portuguese television and radio.[2] Throughout his career in the Portuguese media he worked for the Emissora Nacional (now fully owned by RTP), RTP, Rádio Comercial and SIC.

Among his best-known television shows were Zip-Zip (RTP),[3] with Raul Solnado and Fialho Gouveia; 1-2-3 (RTP); O Preço Certo (RTP) and Noites Marcianas (SIC).[2] In 1990, he founded the television production company CCA (Carlos Cruz Audiovisuais), but the project went bankrupt.[2][4] Carlos Cruz was the spokesperson of a successful Portuguese bid submitted to host and organize the UEFA Euro 2004.[2] In 2002, the President of Portugal Jorge Sampaio awarded him the Order of Infante D. Henrique.[1]

Update[edit]

In October 2011 in an interview with the magazine Público he announced his imminent return to television on the cable channel "House TV".[5]

Paedophilia scandal[edit]

After a successful career, interrupted by a cancer operation,[2] in 2003 he was arrested and accused of paedophile offences in the Casa Pia child sexual abuse scandal.[6] In 2004, as an arguido ("formal suspect") involved in the trial, Cruz published a book of personal reflections, Preso 374.[1][7] He was convicted on September 3, 2010, and sentenced to seven years in prison, but he is currently free pending appeals.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c (Portuguese) Carlos Cruz, Webboom.pt
  2. ^ a b c d e Carlos Cruz. In Infopédia [online]. Porto: Porto Editora, 2003-2008. [Consult. 2008-10-24]. See: <URL: http://www.infopedia.pt/$carlos-cruz>.
  3. ^ (Portuguese) Zip-Zip, Rádio e Televisão de Portugal
  4. ^ (Portuguese) Patrícia Fonseca/VISÃO nº 550 Ascenção e queda do Sr. Televisão, Visão (18th Sept. 2003)
  5. ^ "Carlos Cruz regressa à televisão". Público. Retrieved 12 October 2011. 
  6. ^ (Portuguese) Carlos Cruz regressa a Tribunal no âmbito do processo Casa Pia, Rádio e Televisão de Portugal (October 14, 2008)
  7. ^ ISBN 978-989-555-085-2; Publisher: Oficina do Livro
  8. ^ (Portuguese) Tribunal dá 17 crimes como provados, Diário de Notícias (September 3, 2010)