Enric Sobina, former director of RTVE in Catalonia, dies aged 79

Enric Sobina, former director of RTVE in Catalonia, dies aged 79

Barcelona journalist Enric Sobina has died at the age of 79, according to reports. Plurala media outlet he founded and ran until 2017. The journalist, who had been suffering from Alzheimer’s for some time, began his career in the 1960s and worked in journalism, radio and television.

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He began his career at Cadena Ser, but two of the media outlets he was most closely associated with were: Vanguardthe newspaper of which he was editor until 1974, and RTVE. In the Spanish media institution, he carried out various tasks: he was head of news at TVE, director of Ràdio Nacional d’Espanya and director of RTVE in Catalonia. During this phase, he actively participated in the development of the information apparatus for the 1992 Olympic Games, and was also one of the executives of the unique broadcast of the event in Catalan on the Olympic Channel, the result of the agreement between RTVE and TV3. He also directed Com Ràdio. During part of his career he became a prolific columnist and political analyst. In 2005 he founded the digital medium Pluralwhich he directed until 2017, when Angelica Rubio took over for health reasons.

One of the first people to mourn Sobina’s death was the Spanish Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, who tweeted his condolences to the journalist’s family. Sánchez’s message read: “Office and honesty. Enric Sobina was a courageous journalist and a committed man. He leaves us having strengthened his friendship with all those who loved him. A very big hug to Margarita, his family, his colleagues and his friends.”

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