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José Luis Balbín dies, legendary presenter and creator of the show “La Clave”

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Historical journalist José Luis Balbín (Pravia, Asturias) died this Wednesday at 7:15 p.m. in Madrid at the age of 81, his wife Julia Mesonero confirmed on the communicator’s official Twitter account. In this tweet, the family thanked them “for the continued displays of affection and respect” they have received “all this time” and detailed that their remains will be transferred to their hometown of Pravia. The communicator is known for his work at the top of the program The key, a current affairs and debate room first broadcast on RTVE between 1976 and 1985; and later Antena 3, between 1990 and 1993. For generations to come, Balbín will always be the journalist who debated with a lit pipe.

The key it became a benchmark during the transition and at a time – in the first phase – when private television channels had not yet reached Spanish homes. The meeting, attended by guests such as Santiago Carrillo, Olof Palme, Severo Ochoa, Bernard-Henri Lévy and Ian Gibson, dealt with the most burning controversies of the time. So much so that some shows have been cancelled. Among the most controversial are those of Opus Dei and the NATO program. At the beginning of each gathering, a film related to the theme of that evening, selected by film critic Carlos Pumares, was screened.

Balbín became Director of Information Services of Televisión Española between 1982 and 1983 after José María Calviño was appointed Director General of RTVE. However, he was released a few months later. After the first stage of the issuance of The key (1976 – 1985), He focused his professional activity on the world of radio.

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