An influential journalist who was a fixture on Mexican TV as an anchor for almost 30 years on the country’s most-watched evening news program has died. Reuters reports that Jacobo Zabludovsky died Thursday morning after suffering a stroke. He was 87.
Zabludovsky was the target of critics who called him an unofficial mouthpiece for the Mexican government, the report notes.
“Zabludovsky was from 1971 to 1998 host of ’24 Hours,’ a nightly news show on the dominant Televisa TV network, which had a cozy relationship with the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI,” Reuters reports. “Ruling Mexico continuously from 1929 to 2000, the PRI became synonymous with vote-rigging, corruption and authoritarianism, but its many detractors said it could rely on Zabludovsky to deliver the government line, glossing over inconvenient truths.”
After he left Televisa in 2000, Zabludovsky continued doing interviews with politicians, writing a newspaper column and sending news bulletins on his Twitter account.