Jacobo Zabludovsky a Mexican Journalist

Jacobo Zabludovsky, Longtime Anchor for Mexico's Televisa, DiesJacobo Zabludovsky Kraveski (May 24, 1928 – July 2, 2015) was a Mexican journalist. He was the first anchorman in Mexican television and his TV news program, 24 Horas (24 Hours) was for decades the most important in the country. Zabludovsky was born in 1928 in Mexico City to Polish Jewish immigrants. He is the brother of the late Abraham Zabludovsky (1924-2003), a famed architect.

Zabludovsky was a well known anchor man hosting 24 Horas, the main news program on the popular Televisa network between 1971 and 1998. Owing to the nonconfrontational approach of the network, the programme was perceived as partisan and supportive of the government. In 1998, citing a desire to cut down his workload and ill-health, he retired from presenting 24 Horas, which also came to an end with his departure, marking the end of an era in Mexican journalism. After leaving 24 Horas, Zabludovsky worked on special newscasts and documentaries. However, in 2000, he resigned from the Televisa network following the resignation of his son, Abraham, who also worked for Televisa. Zabludovsky claimed that his son had been overlooked for the position of night time news anchor and that he was resigning out of solidarity with him.

During his career at Televisa, Zabludovsky covered several important episodes. He was one of few Mexican reporters in Cuba the day Fidel Castro entered Havana in 1959 during the overthrow of the Batista dictatorship and reported from his car phone (at that time these car phones were the only mobile phones in Mexico and were a luxury item) the 1985 earthquake that destroyed several parts of Mexico City. However, there was criticism of his coverage of presidential elections in 1988 and 1994, when he favored the candidate of the government party to the exclusion of opposition contenders. He interviewed many notable people, including President Ernesto Zedillo, Salvador Dalí and María Félix.

Eighteen months after leaving television, he began a radio newscast on a new station, La 69 at Grupo Radio Centro, with the pledge of being more critical "...in agreement with the new Mexico in which we are living." Lately he wrote "Bucareli", a weekly column for Mexican nationwide newspaper El Universal, and hosted a weekday radio program on Radio Red. He is the subject of Molotov's song Que No Te Haga Bobo Jacobo (Don't let Jacobo make a fool out of you), where he is accused of receiving bribes from Carlos Salinas and negotiating the news with the government. Zabludovsky died of a stroke caused by dehydration at the age of 87 in Mexico City on the morning of 2 July 2015. He was buried at Mexico City's Israelite (Jewish) Cemetery that afternoon. He is survived by his wife Sara and three children.
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