The radio version for television, which was born in a pandemic, celebrates the first anniversary. With this signal, the most remote areas have been connected, not only to know what was happening outside their territories, but also to have images of what was lived in them.
With a team of almost 60 journalists, distributed throughout the national territory from San Andrés to Leticia, “The morning signal” has become a different option for audiences in large cities, but also in municipalities and sidewalks. listen to the news and the analysis of the invited experts, as well as to better know the stories of distant Colombia, in their original accents.
“With this space, public radio has evolved in the strengthening of the information system, one of the largest in the country, as well as in the recognition of the regions, from the information juncture with the dialogue of macro and micro stories of the different communities and populations of the country ”, says Dora Brausín, RTVC radio assistant manager.
“The morning signal”, in its version for television, was born under the direction of Carlos Mario Díaz, in the midst of a pandemic that closed the world , but made it clear that the most remote areas needed to be more connected, not only to know what happened outside their territories, but also to have images of what was lived in them, always under the umbrella of the balance of information and the diversity that has characterized the spaces of Radio Nacional de Colombia.
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“It has been very gratifying to be able to make visible the different corners of the country, in journalistic moments that led the team to do their best. Without a doubt, the hardest thing has been dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic, which has forced us to work from home at times due to the risks of contagion and to take care of the team. But that also became a challenge to catch up in terms of communication through channels other than face-to-face ”, says Juan Carlos Lasso, director of the program.
One of the most complex moments in this first year occurred during the tragedy of Hurricane Iota in San Andrés, in November 2020. The great challenge for the island-based team, including the journalist, Carlos César Barraza, was achieve communication, although in the end they were the first to inform Colombia about how the archipelago had dawned after the destructive passage of the hurricane.
For Dora Brausin, the greatest learning for public radio during this period “has been the conviction to explain, give context and details , therefore, we insist on a coverage that accompanies and helps us understand as a society the day to day from the greatest amount of possible perspectives ”. This, without a doubt, is achieved through joint and permanent work with journalists from different sources in Bogotá, but also with those deployed in the different departments of the country.
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“We are a robust system,” explains Dora, “we have 21 studios located in different regions of the country and a network of 11 correspondents. Integrating the regions is a daily challenge because it implies thinking from the periphery and not from the center. So far we have had a favorable response, but we know that the challenge is great and we work every day for integration and dialogue ”.
To achieve this, we work in conjunction with the journalistic teams that the RTVC Public Media System has in its different brands , including the teams of the Peace Stations located in Algeciras (Huila), Puerto Leguízamo (Putumayo), Arauquita (Arauca) , El Tambo (Cauca), Bojayá (Chocó), Florida (Valle), Ituango (Antioquia), Chaparral (Tolima), Convencion (Norte de Santander), San Jacinto (Bolívar) and Fonseca (La Guajira), as well as with the 57 remaining stations of Radio Nacional throughout Colombia ”, assures its director.
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“We hope to continue doing journalism in the street, in the regions, in greater contact with the people, to bring the public media even closer to the citizens, through broadcasts of the news outside the broadcast master”, concludes Brausin.
“The morning signal” is heard from 6 to 10 in the morning through the 63 frequencies of National Radio , which include the Peace Stations and is seen on the Institutional Channel from 6 to 8 am and on the screen of Colombian Signal during the first hour. Currently they are part of his work table, next to the director Juan Carlos Lasso, journalists Juan Carlos Ramírez, Adriana Vivas, Camilo Pérez and Sara Gómez.