“I tried to be honest and professional in my work, and consistent in my actions; I am satisfied with my trajectory”

Tenerife journalist Cristina García Ramos was for decades the great ambassador of the Canarian accent in Madrid and one of its most recognized faces by Spanish television audiences. His professional career began by combining journalism at the University of La Laguna and working on Spanish television in the Canary Islands, in programs such as Panorama de Actualidad or Telecanarias. Island viewers witnessed his first steps, where very quickly his elegant way of telling the news on the screen and his professional rigor allowed him to successfully take up new challenges on the Peninsula, first in the second edition of the Newscast, the one with the most audience, and later in other tasks. For 15 years, the social chronicle approached us in a friendly way in Corazón, Corazón. However, the ERE on TVE took her out of the front line, a professional stage that culminated in the Canary Islands, where in 2009 she presented the debate program Sin secretos, on Televisión Canaria. He is a columnist for 20 Minutes. For his entire career, on October 27 he received the Taburiente Prize, awarded by the DIARIO DE AVISOS Foundation.

What does this recognition mean to you?

“I felt very honoured. It was an honor and a satisfaction, I shared it with very interesting winners, and the gala was very good. It was a moment of reunion with many faces that I had not seen for a long time, as I live in Madrid, and it also meant that I remembered again and brought to the fore what my beginnings were like when I I started working in the 70s on TVE in the Canary Islands, an exciting time that was a privilege for me. Times of transformation, the end of Francoism, the dawn of democracy, the transition, the first elections and in which television played a very important role in this process. I experienced it from the Canary Islands in a production center that also allowed me to do everything; I had the best school a journalist could have, because there were so few of us and there was so much to do that I was able to learn a lot. Everything I learned in the job that I did in the Canary Islands, and then it helped me to go to Madrid to present the television news, then the weekend television news, then to direct and present my own programs, with a career path that I was lucky enough to buy. I have never forgotten where I come from, my origins and my characteristics, and this has been fundamental in my career”.

-During your first year in journalism, your opportunity came to TVE.

“I studied journalism in La Laguna [la escuela oficial de periodismo de Madrid abrió un centro dependiente en Tenerife en 1964] and later I studied Philosophy and Letters. I started working in the first year of my license, combining the two activities, and I always say that television came to get me. In those years, at the end of the 1960s, Televisión Española was looking for new faces, young journalists and reporters to energize the programming and, above all, because they wanted to launch programs with exclusively Canarian themes, because until there the broadcasting of programs came from Madrid and here they were rebroadcast, it was not even live until the arrival of the satellite. I started with a program with regional content like Panorama Actualidad in 1968, then I continued to present TeleCanarias in the 70s. I learned a lot there”.

-And how did this jump come to Madrid, bringing the Canarian accent to the capital?

“I like to tell about my career for decades, so in the 80s I moved to Madrid, first to work in information services and present the 9:00 p.m. television news since 1979 and later I would continue to present the weekend edition during the week, until 1983. When I made the leap to the national level to present the JT, I did not plan to change my way of being or of working. offered me to present the national news and later to have my own programs, I really knew how I was and my accent is one of my characteristics, and I had no problem in this regard. I was very well received; in addition, I think the Canarian accent is appreciated”.

-After cultural and economic programs on La2, you ended up talking about the social chronicle producing and presenting ‘Corazón, Corazón’, from 1993 to 2008. You who told the news with kindness, what do you think of the way of reporting on today’s news? the social chronicle? By comparing the era of ‘glamor’ of personalities in Madrid, Marbella, Seville… that you lived with that of today, what do you think of the decline that we are currently experiencing?

“For 15 years, I produced and presented the program of social chronicles Corazón, Corazón, what a record! Indeed, things have changed a lot. Before, celebrities were more known for their professional merits of all kinds, as well as singers, actors, bullfighters, etc., and appreciated by the public. Then come the children, girlfriends or partners, relatives, etc. The social chronicle of those years has nothing to do with that of today. I don’t blame, prejudge, or like today’s characters or what other colleagues are doing. Everyone makes the television they know, want or can. In my case, I made the program what I wanted to do and how I wanted to do it. Undoubtedly, the panorama of today’s society has changed a great deal, and not exactly for the better”.

-What are you doing now and what projects do you have?

“Although I always say that a journalist never retires and I continue to write a weekly column on 20 Minutes, it is true that when ERE was applied to TVE in 2008 after more than 30 years in the home I left the front line and entered a more private part of my life I started working very young in the Canary Islands, in journalism from the first year of my license until the time of retirement. I have been a very tenacious and intense worker, so in recent years I have had a period of relaxation and rest, more familiar. I will never stop being a journalist, even if I am not on the front line.”

-He performed many tasks in front of the cameras and with responsibility. Where did you feel most satisfied?

“I was lucky to always be in front of the camera, to present and direct my programs until the end, except in some specific programs on La2, where I was only a presenter. In the end, I am very satisfied of my whole career. I tried to be honest and professional in my work, to be consistent in my actions and I think that if I review my professional career, I feel really satisfied, I did the best I could and I knew”.

-Have you had a thorn in a project that you did not accept?

“No, a curious thing happened to me, I didn’t plan my career, but things happened to me and they came before me. In other words, I didn’t choose television, it was television that chose me, they called me for a test for Televisión Española in the Canary Islands, they gave me a microphone and… until I retired. jobs, when they offered me to come to Madrid, etc. In this sense, the truth is that I did well.”

-In a thank you chapter, who would you highlight for having helped and guided you in your professional career?

“I would highlight the people who were relevant in my beginnings, such as Alfonso García Ramos, director of the newspaper La Tarde, the first to offer me a professional opportunity for collaboration, he was my teacher at the school of journalism and was my first contact with the craft. Then at the Spanish Center for Television Production in the Canary Islands, the truth is that the list of people I would highlight is very long, from a magnificent director like César Alonso, who was the one who promoted the creation of shows with Canarian content. I was lucky to have good teachers and professionals; At that time I was a young girl of 20. For me, TVE in the Canary Islands was the best school. I entered a time when programs were beginning to be made for the Islands, their own news program, current affairs programs, etc. We always find on our way people who teach you and whose trade you learn “.

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