The journalist Sandra russo It was broadcast from Del Plata radio, a station where the program “Let me think” had been conducting for three months, and last night it said goodbye to its listeners with a strong disclaimer in which it denounced censorship and said that they took it off the air for being a Kirchnerist. What’s more, he spoke of a “K purge” in that medium.
“It is difficult to be a Kirchnerist, because it is still the damn fact of the damn fact, even within journalism, there is a misunderstanding that one cannot be a good journalist, “he said on his last day at the station, which he arrived in March from the production company. Fabiana Segovia, very close to Victor Hugo Morales and with an oiled link with the Government, which brought Del Plata closer to other figures of the K media cast, such as Javier “el Profe” Romero.
Sandra Russo recounted in an extensive editorial how she was informed of her departure from the radio. “How are they. I more or less, honestly, because today is the last program we do, the latest program of Let me think, I want to thank very much Fabiana Segovia, who put together this beautiful artist who had this program in its three months of existence, “he said.
“Today someone from the radio, a manager whose name I don’t remember, told me that budgetary reasons, blah blah blah … I really don’t believe you. I think it is the editorial line of this program, my editorial line, my person, my journey, what is not wanted on this radio, ”said the journalist, who directly associated the lifting of her program with an ideological issue.
Russo spoke of censorship. “I am very sorry, because I already went through a first four-year stage that ended in 2016, it was an immense joy, when I was summoned about five months ago, to return to Del Plata. Because I thought Del Plata was a good place to go back, but you can see that Del Plata does not seem like a good place for me to return”.
“I have been a journalist and work in the media for 45 years, this has happened to me many times, I don’t take it as a dagger in the chest, I don’t take it as something dramatic, Yes, I am sorry, because the team in this program is excellent, because I think we have done a very worthy job with a Latin American agenda, because I believe a lot in those agendas, in Argentina today that is not usually cultivated. He gets into international politics, “he continued.
Without turning, he accused radio Del Plata of censoring her and there were also blows to the government of Alberto Fernández. “Let’s be honest, total, what are we going to lose, we already lost so many things … I have endured five years of censorship, four macristas and then a year of this government, which of course I defend. How can I not defend it if fascism is in front of it? But for the first year I also felt hidden because I think I am associated too much with Cristina. And Cristina continues to be the cursed fact of the cursed fact and that is why we love her so much ”, he argued.
Sandra Russo, author of the biography The president, on Cristina Kirchner, said that the vice president has a “leadership that concentrates the variables of political will that can really change this country” and added, almost with a secondary tone, that “we also respect and defend Alberto Fernández, because it is haunted, because we see a huge, monstrous media device ”.
“There are moments in life when if you are neutral or pretends to be neutral is playing in favor of the enemy”, The host who left quite direct criticism to some of the Del Plata radio changes in recent weeks, such as the arrival of Thomas Mendez, the ultrakirchnerist journalist fired from C5N and Radio 10 after organizing a live escrache to former minister Patricia Bullrich at her home.
“Maybe people who are more jingle bell, fresher, more entertaining, it may be, I do not deny it, I am not a programming manager, each one decides an editorial line, decides which people they want to have and who they don’t, what seems incredible to me is that in a country like this and to a strong leadership, and it is not only Cristina, thousands of people who adhere to that way of doing politics, of defending sovereignty, and who feel that we are in a moment of regrouping and weakness, This is not the time for internal speculations, this is not the time for chiquitaje“, he pointed.
He added: “For the little personal accumulation thing, I never played that. That is why this frontality has cost me a lot and this is not a surprise. Nor is it a stumbling block that will put me in bed for two months, we will reappear, as we have done so many times in other media, we will return to alternative communication, if mainstream communication is this, I prefer alternative communication, where I always return ”.
Russo had come from the hand of Fabiana Segovia and her then partner Francisco Ayerza, a member of the homonymous group that bought the radio from Electroingenieria at the end of 2020, when the station was mired in a deep financial crisis. The landing of the former producer of Víctor Hugo Morales was also leveraged from the world of politics by the deputy Eduardo Valdés, one of the deputies who until his VIP vaccination was part of the inner circle of President Alberto Fernández.
The appearance in the grid of K figures as Russo, Romero, and Mex Urtizberea, along with Pedro Saborido and Alfredo Zaiat, accompanied by a promise of an injection of official guidelines, it sought to put 1030 back on the grid of radios listened to by the official universe. What’s more, he even talks about a visit to the Quinta de Olivos in which he was presented with the schedule to have the official ok.
Sandra Russo in a talk with Cristina Kirchner at the Instituto Patria in 2016.
All that expectation was translated into contracts that, in view of the commercial and audience results, are today too high. “They are very high contracts for what they generate. The Sandra thing is not ideology, it passed a cycle. Nobody in Kirchnerism asks for Sandra ”, sums up a source who knows in detail the complex machinery of government communication.
Summary: Those are the “budgetary reasons” that a radio manager explained to Sandra Russo herself and she chose not to believe, according to what she said on the air. Behind the fine detail of the station’s numbers is another old Kirchnerist acquaintance: Ricardo Echegaray, former head of the AFIP who runs the administration of the group that controls the station.
“That in this country the plurality of voices does not include the Kirchnerist side, it seems to me a scoundrelWhat do you want me to tell you, “criticized Russo, who presented herself as” a benchmark in Argentine journalism, a benchmark that is usually forbidden and is often displaced from the places it occupies. “
Radio Del Plata is far from the most popular radio stations in the country. Moreover, in the segment led by Sandra Russo, it did not appear among the first nine tuned, a ranking led by Radio Miter with 34.1 share, followed by La Red and Radio 10. Moreover, the 1030 figure behind Rivadavia, Continental, Nacional , CNN radio and even 990 surpasses it despite having only 0.4 of the listener spectrum.
After Sandra Russo’s strong editorial on the air, another driver announced his departure. It was Mex Urtizberea. “There is a limit, it is like that, you do not have to be where you are not wanted. You have to go, period, that’s it”, Said the comedian in a video that was uploaded to networks by the economic journalist Alfredo Zaiat.
Sadness and anger. Let’s go Mex and team! Tomorrow will be, ”wrote the columnist for Página / 12.
Russo redoubled his questions in his column in the program Caballero de día, in 990, which he titled “The ban continues” and reported a “K purge” on radio Del Plata.
From those microphones, she said that the programming director, Fabiana Segovia, who had taken her to Del Plata, also resigned this week. “He resigned precisely because the K purge was coming, I found out that I had left the Mex Urtizberea program, in which Alfredo Zaiat also worked, and I have other names, which I do not say because I hope they will repent and eliminate those programs, “he said.
“They put together a schedule and after three months realize … who did they think I was, Cris Morena, when Fabiana Segovia brought my name to (Antonio) Fernandez Llorente, who is the director, I want to name him because he plays a role in C5N that seems pluralistic, he is the director of a radio that censoring people ”, he launched. “Then there is another that was in Banco Galicia (for Ayerza) and there is Echegaray as well,” he pointed out.
Russo denied that his salary was high, as it transpired: “I didn’t make a fortune on that radio, I mean that no budget was unbalanced. “And he assured that” indeed because of the list of names that later circulated, “it is one”Witch hunt”.
“Why do people buy media and why do people who have no idea what the media are?“, he said and insisted that there was a purge of Kirchnerists and that his name was the most notable for his passage through 678.
“They executed us to the point that one thinks to stop working on this,” said Russo, whose program was deleted from the Del Plata radio website as soon as the red light of “On air” went out in the station’s studios, after his furious discharge.