To the rhythm of a syncopated music, mixed by synthesizers and with a percussion dominant -with march, but without shrillness-, tomorrow will be heard, for the first time, the greeting "Bon día, Catalunya, Bon día, Andorra" by the journalist Josep Cuní at the premiere of a new daily radio magazine from seven to 12 noon and new station: Here, amb Josep Cuníof SER Catalunya. A new project of the SER for Catalonia (and also Andorra) that will broadcast in Catalan in a large part of its grid on 17 stations in Catalonia and Andorra. Cuní (Tiana, 1953) returns to the chain where it began in 1972 on Radio Terrassa, associated with SER. Four years later he joined Radio Barcelona- "school of masters of the radio", the call-to continue 20 more years in different Catalan radio stations. Cuní is considered one of the architects of the formula of the radio morning magacín. The last fifteen years was linked to TV3 and 8TV. This Monday, outgoing, has two guests of political weight, the president of the Parliament, Roger Torrent and the mayor of Barcelona, Ada Colau.
Question: Why do you return to the BEING?
Answer: The truth is that you can not deny if they propose to recover those origins, the essence of magazines, readjust them to the current era, try to set aside the deviations in negative that have occurred and all with a single assignment: to do journalism.
P. What new contribution will he make in the program?
R. I want to find meeting points for everyone, think what you think. Now more than ever we need to talk more about what we say we talk about and above all to do it with those who do not think like us. I come with the intention to ask more questions than to give answers. It is a time to raise the reasonable doubts that is the basis of journalism: ask, observe the reality and try to answer all the people who have some answer for different or antagonistic that they are. I will have many and very different collaborators. People familiar with the media, others who will not be. I want to make compatible the ideological plurality and of opinion and also to all the social segments by questions of age or gender.
P. Do you think you have to reformulate in the radio magazines?
R. It has tended to mark two programs in one and separate the most forceful information in the first hour of the morning and the most Light at the second hour. And I see it differently: it is so important to incorporate the light in the first hour because it is part of our life as we continue with the information in the second part. We must bet much more to talk about aspects of our daily life that sometimes do not have journalistic treatment. On the other hand, there is too much talk about politics. It is evident that the you procés It is important but there is life outside of it and, in addition, it is intelligent.
P: That means that politics will not have weight?
R. It will depend on the news, like any other information.
P. What will attract the most attention?
R. I am aware that in more than one sector I have listened, I will be scrutinized because for different reasons I will want to be very dissected. It is logical that my return causes reasonable doubts, from personal to social.
P. And policies?
R. What will be political interpretations? Of course. I know it from the first day they offered it to me. I do not care, and those who know me know that tagging is not easy.
P. He was placed for a long time in the nationalist orbit, especially by Jordi Pujol …
R. That was a campaign mounted by the Socialists when I was in Catalunya Ràdio. Then, the convergents denounced me as a socialist at the time I was at COM Ràdio ….
P. And, now, how will you be labeled?
R. That they listen to me and that they decide. If, after so many years of working in public audiovisual media, I have not learned that public projection involves favorable things and others that do not …. is that I had not understood anything about this business and I think I understand it. That's why I've gotten myself into this mess now, when I've reached the age of retirement.
P. Could it be that the march is going?
R. Yes, because I could live quietly, like this last year with the reports of Cuatro -a proposal by Mediaset and Paolo Vasile- that have allowed me to go around the world. I was very comfortable and for the first time I had an elasticity schedule and now I have decided to get up early like I did for 27 years, get up at 4 in the morning and get into the discipline / dictatorship of a live news program.
P. Coinciding with Jordi Basté in RAC1, Mònica Terribas in Catalunya Ràdio and Pepa Bueno in SER in the same time slot. Where will it scratch audience?
R. It's the big issue. It is true that the audience in Catalan has two very powerful lighthouses that make a good radio and that makes it very difficult for me. On the radio there is an intuitive and a rational part. The first one tells me there may be a hole but I have to find it. As for the competition within the SER between my program and that of Pepa Bueno, I can only say that I am Pepa's friend, he welcomed me in the Day by day, and if the company has decided it is for a bet of present and future.
P. He says the assignment is "to do journalism." What relationship should journalism have with social networks?
R. They should be kept in mind because they have come to stay but they should not be our dictatorship. In my opinion, they are a good base for journalism but, by themselves, they are not. Journalism if journalists do not do it, it is not journalism. And if we believe otherwise, we have low self-esteem or it does not exist. Journalism has to be nourished by the contributions of social networks to understand the phenomenon that they are but you do not have to stop doing journalism. What can not be is that a tweet is broadcast on the radio on TV, even though it is not credible, thus confusing the credibility that the listener gives us.
P. Have we lost out as a profession?
R. I believe that we have lost as a society. There is another problem and that is that the media, especially public, have almost total dependence on public money or in the form of subsidy in the case of private and that sometimes obliges or conditions ..
P. TV3 is accused of following the dictatorship of independence …
R. I believe that TV3 is less sectarian than a part of society wants to believe it is. And that, curiously, is a segment of people who until three months ago did not see sectarian TVE and now criticizes it because it is pleasantly surprising their audience explaining things from Catalonia that they did not know before. TV3 is a very important media in Catalonia but I remember that it has a 17% share of the screen and the other 86% see the rest of the channels. Is it that the spectator is so gregarious that he communes with everything they say? It takes a little respect for people.
P. He once said that the Catalan political situation was like the Netflix series …
R. I wanted to say that the writers of the series that triumph of that platform have to create new features so that the series is alive and if possible to renew a second or third season. Politically, this is being played quite a lot, although I believe that the Catalan scriptwriters have long since escaped from the script, the plot has gotten out of hand, they are improvising and making chapters without meaning. The result is that there are many spectators who are abandoned the series …