Jacobo Zabludovsky Obituary
Jacobo Zabludovsky, who worked for 27 years as a reporter for Televisa, died July 2, 2015, of a stroke.
He was born in Mexico City on May 24th, 1928. He studied at UNAM, the National Autonomous University of Mexico, graduating from the School of Law.
His career began when he was 18 years old, working as an editor on news stories read on Cadena Continental Radio.
In 1950, with the beginning of television in Mexico, he reported on the first televised news broadcasts. For almost three decades, he was the head newscaster, and his personal style left a mark on the era of news. He left Televisa in 1998, a decision that was made by the company, he finally agreed to resign along with his son Abraham Zabludovsky.
He never went far away from the world of reporting. He returned to radio to conduct the successful newscast “From One to Three” on Centro Radio. Away from the cameras he had more freedom, and he returned to Televisa to work with system voicing.
He was considered polemic in his field. In May 2015, the Universidad Veracruzana awarded him an honorary doctorate, the highest honor awarded from this university.
However, thousands of students, alumni, and professors were opposed to the granting of this degree by the Communication Science Faculty. They presented the argument that the journalist showed a lack of ethics with a phrase that began his newscast on the night of October 2, 1968.
Instead of informing the audience about the massacre of Tlatelolco which happened that day, he only said, “Today was a sunny day,” reducing this event to mere trivia.
One of his most recognized works was the chronicle of the 1985 earthquake, reporting on the event from his car phone.
Jacobo Zabludovsky dedicated almost 70 years to journalism and lived up to the promise that he made on one occasion: “I am a journalist, I have been all my life and will be until I die”.
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