Contramaestre’s television for a social sake

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Cuba was one of the first three countries in Latin America to inaugurate television when on October 24, 1950, through Channel 4, Union Radio, it was broadcast on the glass screen. Notwithstanding the event, the population, mostly poor, could only see it through the windows of the stores in Havana, where the receivers of the signal were placed.

At the triumph of the Cuban Revolution, the invention was only available in 50 percent of the national territory, and because of its cost, only the wealthy class had access to it. It was not until the 1990s that a greater presence of telereceptors was achieved, installed in both fields and cities. Under the Revolution, television stopped being sensationalist and with a commercial intention to be educational, informative and entertaining, among other missions.

Just in 2006 the experience of local television came to the municipality of Contramaestre. The team was made up of three colleagues and directed by the journalist Antonio Prado de la Fé (Tony). In a common dream they created the magazine Acércate (“Come closer”), with a duration of 27 minutes. They managed to bring to this space the most relevant news events of the municipality and every Saturday the population could watch it.

Due to the success of its professionals, the small place where it was located also became a school for journalism and social communication students to receive practical classes and training.

The magazine reached a high level of audience, but technical problems caused its interruption, and only the team’s contributions to the provincial telecenter TeleTurquino were left. After the unfortunate death in December 2018 of the founding journalist Antonio Prado, the rest of the team did not let his legacy be lost and to honor his dedication to work and love for the media, in complex conditions they continued to do TV.

Ricardo Chacón Rubio, together with Kengi Soria, and Enrique López (journalist, editor, cameraman, respectively) came to the media to maintain a meritorious work, worthy of the recognition of the people.

Currently, the Counter-Master’s television correspondent is not only a sample of how to work with effort and dedication in times of objective shortages, but also a necessary means to transmit to the rest of the country and the world, the dedication and consecration of the children of this people, in addition to the feats they perform to face a pandemic that still keeps the world on edge.

 

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