Ja­cobo Zablu­dovsky Obit­u­ary

The Playa Times Riviera Maya's English Newspaper - - Local News - BY MELISSA ROBLES

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”.

Ja­cobo Zablu­dovsky

/ Photo: Proyecto Diez

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