Fernando Curado Ribeiro

Fernando Curado Ribeiro (1919-1995) was the longest serving and most respected professional working in Angola. While still a university student and vocalist of a musical group, he got connected to radio through an internship at SNI (National Information Secretariat), after which he took up a position as an announcer at Emissora Nacional, between 1940 and 1946. On this date, he started a tour of African stations. His departure from Portugal was justified for political reasons, as he had supported Norton de Matos as the opposition candidate for Portuguese president. Joana Campina, married to him, would be sacked from Emissora Nacional in 1949 for the same political involvement, a purge that also affected other names in radio. Both went to Nova Lisboa, to work for Rádio Clube do Huambo. After leaving a strong organisational mark, Curado Ribeiro was Portuguese announcer at Belgian Congo Radio of Leopoldville, in 1950, and head of the Iberian section of the Belgian National Broadcaster, in Brussels, in 1951. He collaborated, in terms of internships, with the French Broadcasting Service of Paris and the BBC in 1952. Sound artist, producer, director and announcer, Curado Ribeiro returned to Portugal in 1954 to make the Talisman programme and other programmes in Rádio Clube Português (Meia-Noite, Leitura). He edited Diário uma Voz, Inconfidências, Críticas, Programas, Entrevistas (1947) and Rádio Produção, Realização, Estética (1964), the latter a landmark in Portuguese radio culture. Fernando Curado Ribeiro was also a theatre and cinema actor.


Author: Rogério Santos, 2019

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