Vicent Sanchis and Eduard Pujol, the weapons to revive 8TV

Sant Just Desvern“When we took over this television it was practically dead”, admitted Nicola Pedrazzoli, owner of 8TV, during the presentation of the new season of the Catalan channel, which is still in the recovery phase after going through the UCI. To try to revive the chain, Pedrazzoli has devised a roster that has been filled with star signings such as Vicent Sanchis, former director of TV3; Eduard Pujol, former director of RAC1 and former Junts deputy, and Saül Gordillo, former director of Catalunya Ràdio, who will head the digital project of the entire communication group. For this season 8TV, which currently has an average audience of 0.8%, has had a budget of 10 million euros, the same as last year. “Obviously we are at a loss, as it must be in any medium that has just started,” remarked Pedrazzoli.

The head of 8TV has hinted that he wants to continue adding names to the project and has pointed to Cristina Puig, a failed signing this season, as one of the goals: “I hope that Cristina will come with us, I would love it. I tried to sign her and I think she would be great with us.”

8TV’s new programming will focus on current affairs and politics, but they assure that all topics will be treated in a light-hearted and tongue-in-cheek tone. The new programs that are added to repeating spaces, com The Circusthe late show presented by Frank Blanco; Ares Revolutionthe sex program presented by Ares Teixidó that changes its name – it used to be called Sexual revolution– to circumvent social media censorship; OpinaCat, the debate space of priest Carlos Fuentes; i war economypresented by Gonzalo Bernardos.

‘The Pentagon’

Current affairs through the prism of Vicent Sanchis

After being director of TV3, Sanchis will be released putting himself at the head of a topical area that will have collaborators such as Pilar Rahola, Sergi Sol and Saül Gordillo. The Pentagon, which will premiere on Monday, September 12, will be broadcast Monday through Thursday from 9:30 p.m. “I feel less restricted on private television, in the sense that I think we can all express ourselves in a different way. This does not mean that there is censorship on public television, but that there are walls of containment,” he detailed Sanchis, who appeared at the press conference wearing black sunglasses due to a vision problem. The journalist explained that the objective ofThe Pentagon it is not to compete with TV3, but to find its own space.

Sanchis at one point in the presentation


Following in the footsteps of ‘FAQs’, but on 8TV

In case anyone had overlooked that Fax i Faqs they sound quite the same, Eduard Pujol and Elisabet Cortiles have made it clear during the presentation that, indeed, their purpose is to become the substitutes for the now defunct TV3 debate space. The new program is broadcast, in fact, at the same time that the FAQs: on Saturday at 10.00 p.m. “We believe that television can be a great place where everyone can discuss. Talking is good and we will promote the taste for words,” said Pujol about the new program. And he’s issued a notice to surfers: everyone’s invited. “Those who don’t show up will be because they didn’t want to come. It’s a statement of principles: we plan to do the Fax a large public square where all voices are represented”. The one who will surely appear will be Pilar Rahola, who has been confirmed as a collaborator. “There are many people who always had an appointment with the debate on Saturday and we couldn’t leave without”, added Cortiles, who assured that the program will not be a copy of the FAQs and that it will have 8TV style, that is to say, “more informal, fresher and uncensored”.

‘Sabre Strikes Back’

Barça news “with a show”

Since this week, 8TV has been broadcasting Dani Senabre’s sports program, which he presented you will say of RAC1 until 2016, when the station’s management fired him. The journalist has promised a football space with unexpected socialites such as Joel Joan and Santi Balmes, the singer of Love of Lesbian. The program is broadcast from Monday to Friday at 8:30 p.m.


Intimate interviews with Maria de la Pau Janer

After presenting last season Amazonsa format of interviews with prominent women in Catalan society, the Mallorcan writer is launching a new format in which she will try to discover the secrets – thesoul– of characters recognized for their professional career. Artur Mas and Sandro Rosell are two of the guests who will show their most intimate side.

‘The Factory’

Gabriel Rufián jumps on television

One of the novelties of the 8TV grid is the inclusion of the space that until now Gabriel Rufián, deputy of ERC and mayor of Santa Coloma de Gramenet, did through YouTube. It is a program in which the politician talks to people linked to communication, politics, culture and activism. It will be broadcast on Sunday from 9.45pm and will last an hour.

‘Principal’, the digital newspaper of the private group

One of the projects that Saül Gordillo will work on within the private communication group will be the launch of Principal, a new digital newspaper that the journalist assures will have a format “that does not exist in Catalonia or Spain”. “We can’t make a newspaper of news that only interests journalists, we have to be a space for news that people want to read”, he remarked. The new media will be aimed at mobile first because, according to the head of the new newspaper, readers currently consume information mainly through mobile phones. The digital newspaper has its own editorial staff and will also establish synergies with television programs.

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