May 3, 1975 |
|Medium||Television, radio, Internet, music, press|
|Alma mater||Bucharest University of Jurnalism and Communication Sciences|
|Subject(s)||Mass media/news media/Media criticism, music, Romanian politics, current events, religion, race relations,|
|Notable works and roles||Pop Rock & Show, Curierul naţional (National Courier), (1993)
Radio Total (Total Radio) (reporter),(1996–1998)
Europa FM (editor) (2000)
TVR Telematinal (Morning TV show)(presenter, 2001)
MagazineDilema (Dilemma)(contributor, 2003–present)
România în direct (Romania live)(media proprietor, 2000–present)
Robert Turcescu (born May 3, 1975) is a Romanian journalist, politician, TV presenter, media critic, radio personality, singer-songwriter.
Born in Piteşti, he attended the Ion Brătianu High School there, followed by the Superior School of Journalism in Bucharest, which he finished in 1997. The following year, he graduated from the University of Bucharest's Faculty of Journalism and Communication Sciences.
Turcescu began his career in 1993 as a writer for the magazine Pop Rock & Show and for the newspaper Curierul naţional. The following year, the news agency A-M. Press hired him as a reporter. From 1996 to 1998, he worked as a reporter for Radio Total, advancing to editor-in-chief that year. In 2000, he became editor-in-chief at Europa FM, and since that year he has hosted the show România în direct there. In 2001 he was a presenter for TVR's Telematinal and an editor at Evenimentul Zilei. Since 2003 he has written for the magazine Dilema. He hosted 100% on Realitatea TV from that year until 2010. He has continued hosting his show at the B1 TV starting with the end of September 2010. He was also editor-in-chief of Cotidianul in 2004–05.
He has received a number of awards. For instance, in 2002 the National Audiovisual Council named România în direct the best radio talk show, while in 2004, the Association of Television Professionals granted 100% an award for best television talk show.
Turcescu is best known for confessing in 2014 to being un undercover agent of a military secret service in Romania while posing as a freelance journalist for several years, thus raising concerns about the penetration of the secret security services in the media sector of Romania.
In the Romanian local elections of 2016, Turcescu ran for mayor of Bucharest, supported by the People's Movement Party (PMP); he placed 4th, with 6,46% of the votes. Then, he became PMP's vice-president and interim president of the Bucharest branch. Turcescu won a seat in the Chamber of Deputies on PMP's party list in the 2016 legislative elections.
- (Romanian) Profile at realitatea.net; accessed August 16, 2010
- (Romanian) Mircea Reştea, "Robert Turcescu a părăsit Realitatea Media" ("Robert Turcescu Leaves Realitatea Media"), Cotidianul, August 16, 2010; accessed August 16, 2010
- (Romanian) Announcement of the move to B1 TV; accessed September 18, 2010
- Freedom House, Romania, 2014