Their Royal Highnesses the Prince and Princess of Asturias presided over the emotional meeting with the “Living Treasures of Television” organized by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and by Universidad Europea de Madrid that took place at UEM’s Villaviciosa de Odón campus. The event, that was directed by Matías Prats and Olga Viza and broadcast by TVE's 24 hour News Channel, brought together more than five hundred professionals from the history of the small screen in Spain as well as the Secretary of State for Communication, Carmen Martínez Castro.
In his speech, the Prince of Asturias recognized the significance of this project that has reconstructed the history of Spanish television through the testimony of its leading figures: “For us, to be here today is to support a quality, serious, responsible and creative television that also provides entertainment and accurate reporting”. “Being here today also means giving encouragement to the many professionals who over its 56 years of history have represented the Spain that we used to be and that we are today. In addition, it is also a recognition of the work of those that have gone before you. Bringing all this experience together into this documentary series was a wonderful idea”. Lastly, His Royal Highness sent a message of encouragement and gratitude to all television professionals: “the crisis and deep transformation that you are undergoing imposes enormous challenges on you, however your work is indispensable. News, entertainment and culture all depend on your work without which the progress of society is hard to understand”.
During his speech, the president of the Television Academy Manuel Campo Vidal, highlighted the importance of a medium that has been an essential part of Spanish history over the last half century: “Throughout this process, professionals from all positions have been constantly innovating, creating new content and it is they who have made it possible for television to become the central media format on the communication map in Spain”. As a result, he reminded us that “the Living Treasures represent thousands of professionals that have made and make it possible for television to become a reality. Some of them are not able to be with us today but are still in our hearts”.
For his part, Miguel Carmelo, president of Universidad Europea de Madrid, commented that “at this university, we firmly believe in the values that are reflected in the tribute ceremony that we are taking part in today: the support for culture, the promotion of research and a constant capacity for innovation and connections with the professional world. Transmitting these values and this knowledge to our students has to be in harmony with our responsibility to train the professionals and leaders of a 21st Century globalized world”.
In his speech, Fernando Navarrete, Vice President of the Television Academy and chair of the Association of Television Producers, wanted to stress the role of those professionals that work behind the cameras because “they are the majority and that majority decides the how, when and why of the programs”. Fernando Navarrete closed his speech with a request to all those that are handing on torch to the next generation: “we have to focus on quality, ethics and art so that the future of television is beneficial and positive for society”.
Lastly, the academic and journalist Rosa María Calaf offered a few words on behalf of the “Living Treasures of Television” by emphasizing the importance of the pioneers and a “magnificent resource for knowledge and cohesion that has to be protected to eradicate both distances and differences”.
During the tribute, images of interviews recorded to date for the series “Living Treasures of Television” that was produced and directed by the Vice-President of the Academy, Pepe Carbajo, were shown for the first time. Pioneers of television, censure, the February 23rd bombings, technological advances and the variety of channels were some of the central issues depicted in these videos.
Chicho Ibáñez Serrador, Rosa María Calaf, Enrique Meneses, Pedro Erquicia, José María Íñigo, Evaristo Canete, Laura Valenzuela, Gustavo Pérez Puig, Lina Morgan, Carcedo, Fernando García de la Vega, Ricardo Fernández Deu, Alfredo Amestoy, Pepe Carabias, Miguel de los Santos, Mari Carmen Goñi, Mario Beut, Carmen Domínguez, Manuel Toharia, Fernando Castedo, Joaquín Arozamena, Ramón Sánchez Ocaña, José Luis Balbín, Nieves Herrero, Ignacio Salas, Guillermo Summers, Maruja Callaved, Rafael Ansón, Carmen Enríquez, Paco Lobatón, Rosa Villacastin, Manuel Villanueva and Isabel Gemio were some of the professionals who attended today's meeting-tribute.