Joaquim Maria Puyal

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Joaquim Maria Puyal i Ortiga
Born (1949-03-24) March 24, 1949 (age 66)
Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Education Universitat de Barcelona, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Occupation Television and radio journalist
Notable credit(s) Catalunya Ràdio, Televisió de Catalunya, Ràdio Barcelona (1967-1985), Televisión Española

Joaquim Maria Puyal i Ortiga (born March 24, 1949) is a Catalan journalist known for his work in television and radio.


He was born on March 24th 1949 in the city of Barcelona. He graduated in romance philology at the Universitat de Barcelona and later obtained a degree in Communication Sciences (Ciències de la Comunicació) from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.[1] In 2010 he earned a Ph.D. degree in Linguistics by the Universitat de Barcelona, defending an Extraordinary Awarded thesis.[2]

Since 1976 he has developed his career exclusively in the Catalan language, believing that the work of journalists could play a decisive role in the linguistic normalization of Catalan after forty years of repression under the Franco regime.

Since 1997 he has oriented his work toward the Universitat de Barcelona and research in the area of communications theory.

Radio career[edit]

In 1967 he began to work with Ràdio Barcelona, where he would remain, in various roles, until 1985. He began his work taking turns on FM radio, then a frequency in its initial stages. The director of the station, Manuel Tarín Iglesias, proposed that Puyal broadcast a football match between FC Barcelona and Córdoba Club de Fútbol. Puyal went on to narrate more than 500 football matches in Spanish between 1968 and 1976. During this period he also broadcast boxing matches from the Gran Price and the Palau dels Esports de Barcelona. For two years he was the Barcelona correspondent for "Hora 25," led by José María García.

Pioneer of Catalan-language radio[edit]

On September 5, 1976[3][4] Puyal narrated the first Catalan-language broadcast of a football match since the Second Republic. Games had been broadcast in Catalan prior to the Spanish Civil War,[3] but when Puyal began presenting in Catalan he had to work with linguists to create the specialized vocabulary needed to analyze football.[4] Puyal had made the proposal to broadcast games in Catalan to the general director of Cadena SER, Manuel Terán, shortly after the death of Francisco Franco, thinking that it would be possible in the new environment of the Spanish transition to democracy, even though Spain was not yet a democracy. Cadena SER approved the project to broadcast football in Catalan on FM radio and the new program "Futbol en català" was from the beginning supported by La Caixa, which paid for all its expenses. The program quickly attracted a large audience.

In 1985 Puyal left Ràdio Barcelona and signed with Catalunya Ràdio with his entire team, including Antoni Bassas and Eduard Boet. Since then, and for more than two decades, he has narrated every official match played by FC Barcelona, for a total of more than 2,000 football matches during his career. All official FC Barcelona matches can be heard on "La transmissió d'en Puyal" on Catalunya Ràdio.[5]

Television career[edit]

Joaquim Maria Puyal's popularity and prestige is due as much to his radio career as to his work in television. He has directed, produced and presented various programs, all in the Catalan language.

He began his relationship with the small screen in the Miramar studios, on the Catalan circuit of Televisión Española. He started out in 1977 presenting the program "Vostè Pregunta" ("You Ask"), with a format then unprecedented in Spanish television. The program earned him the second Ondas Award of his career in 1979.

In 1985 he signed with Televisió de Catalunya to direct and present, on TV3, the program "Vostè Jutja" ("You Judge") which aired for two years. In 1989 he debuted the program "La Vida en un xip," which ran until 1992, and from 1993 to 1994[6] he presented "Un tomb per la vida," a program in which he invited well-known people to talk about their lives.[7] During this same time he directed two programs for TV3 for which he was not the presenter, "Tres pics i repicó" and "El joc del segle."

He has been a mentor to notable Catalan journalists to whom he gave their first professional opportunity, including Antoni Bassas, Eduard Boet, Pilar Calvo, Xavier Bosch, Marcel Gorgori, Manel Fuentes, Ricard Torquemada and Mònica Terribas.

Awards and distinctions[edit]

He has received four Ondas Awards, awarded by Ràdio Barcelona of Cadena SER

  • 1978: National Ondas Award for Radio [8]
  • 1979: National Ondas Award for Television for the TVE program "Vostè Pregunta"
  • 1986: National Ondas Award for Television for the TV3 program "Vostè Jutja"[9]
  • 2004: National Ondas Award for Radio for Most Distinguished Career or Professional Work, "for his personal style of doing sports radio, which he initiated 28 years ago and currently uses with success on Catalunya Ràdio"[10]

In addition, in 1993 Puyal was honored with the Creu de Sant Jordi and in 1997 with the Premi Nacional a la Projecció Social de la Llengua Catalana awarded by the Generalitat de Catalunya. In 2004 Puyal and his Futbol a Catalunya Ràdio team were awarded the Generalitat's Premi Nacional de Radiodifusió, Televisió, Internet i Telecomunicacions in the radio broadcasting category.[11] In 2005 he received the second annual Manuel Vázquez Montalbán Prize for sports journalism.[12]

He has also been honored with the 1983 Premi Ciutat de Barcelona and three awards given by Òmnium Cultural[6] (for "Vostè pregunta" in 1983, "Vostè jutge" in 1986 and "Futbol en català" in 1991[13]). Puyal was recognized as the "best radio announcer" and "best television presenter" of the 20th century in a popular vote for the "Els números 1 de les Comunicacions del segle XX" conducted by the Ràdio 4 and Eutelsat program "L'Altra Radio."[14]


  1. ^ "El comunicador Joaquim Maria Puyal i el sociolingüista Albert Bastardas debatran el futur del català als mitjans de comunicació" (in Catalan). Diari Digital de la Universitat de Barcelona. 14 April 2005. Retrieved 24 August 2009. 
  2. ^ "Puyal, premi extraordinari de doctorat". La Vanguardia (in Catalan). 7 May 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Ezequiel Aviles (6 September 2001). "Puyal celebra en la UAB los 25 años de fútbol in Catalan (Puyal celebrates 25 years of football in Catalan at the UAB)" (in Spanish). La Vanguardia. Retrieved 25 August 2009. 
  4. ^ a b "Sexto aniversario de la retransmisión de partidos de fútbol en catalán (Sixth anniversary of the broadcast of football games in Catalan)" (in Spanish). El País. 6 September 1981. Retrieved 25 August 2009. 
  5. ^ "La transmissió d'en Puyal: Presentation in English". Catalunya Ràdio website. Retrieved 24 August 2009. 
  6. ^ a b "Joaquim Maria Puyal i Ortiga" (in Catalan). l'Enciclopèdia catalana. Retrieved 25 August 2009. 
  7. ^ "TV3 - 25 anys. Programes: UN TOMB PER LA VIDA" (in Catalan). TV3 website. Retrieved 25 August 2009. 
  8. ^ "PREMIOS ONDAS 1978" (in Spanish). Archived from the original on February 10, 2005. Retrieved 24 August 2009. 
  9. ^ "PREMIOS ONDAS 1986" (in Spanish). Retrieved 24 August 2009. [dead link]
  10. ^ "ONAS 2004 - RADIO - PREMIADOS" (in Spanish). Archived from the original on December 8, 2004. Retrieved 24 August 2009. 
  11. ^ "Premis Nacionals de Radiodifusió, Televisió, Internet i Telecomunicacions: Edició de 2004" (in Catalan). Retrieved 24 August 2009. 
  12. ^ "Dos maestros ganan el Vázquez Montalbán" (in Spanish). El País. 26 November 2005. Retrieved 25 August 2009. 
  13. ^ "Premis de radio i televisió d'Òmnium Cultural (Radio and television awards from Òmnium Cultural)" (in Catalan). Òmnium Cultural. Retrieved 25 August 2009. [dead link]
  14. ^ "Els Nº 1 de les Comunicacions del segle XX" (in Catalan). L'Altra Ràdio website. Retrieved 25 August 2009. 

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