Former Televisa News Lead Jacobo Zabludovsky Dies at 87

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Jacobo Zabludovsky

Zabludovsky was often criticized for toeing the government line on a nightly news program that spanned nearly three decades.

Jacobo Zabludovsky, one of Mexico’s mostly widely known news personalities, died of a stroke on Thursday in Mexico City.

News of the former Televisa anchor’s death got front-page treatment in all of Mexico’s major newspapers, and a Thursday memorial service drew high-profile figures such as Angelica Rivera (wife of President Enrique Pena Nieto), Televisa chairman Emilio Azcarraga and Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio Chong.

President Pena Nieto offered his condolences to Zabludovsky’s family and friends on Twitter.

Zabludovsky anchored the Televisa news program 24 Hours for 27 years on Mexico’s top network up until 1998. The show ended two years before Vicente Fox, of the opposition PAN party, defeated Mexico’s long-ruling Institutional Revolutionary party, known as the PRI. The PRI held uninterrupted power for seven decades and Zabludovsky was often criticized for his program’s pro-government coverage.

After he left television, Zablodovsky hosted a radio program and wrote a newspaper column. He is survived by his three children and his wife.

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