First, I must apologize for the lack of updates on this blog. I’ve been quite busy at work, but I’m back. I’ll bring you a lot of what Colombian blogosphere said about paramilitary chief Salvatore Mancuso’s deposition last week in a post for Global Voices Online on Thursday.
So, I want you to relax and enjoy these classic videos from the old Colombian television. Before 1998, all Colombian free-to-air television was state-run, which granted several hours a week to private companies on two national networks. Two of those companies became television networks in July 1998. Nevertheless, some YouTube users, such as televidentecolombiano, juanrincon3006 and comando670, among others, have digitalized some of their dusty collection of TV recordings in VHS and Betamax tapes. The result is these interesting videos, which bring Colombians a lot of memories of good ol’ television.
Noticiero Promec was a 1980s primetime news show. In this clip, we have some special moments of Colombian history, such as the Palace of Justice siege in 1985 or the murder of Liberal presidential candidate Luis Carlos Galán in 1989. Ah, of course, the presenter is the well-known, beloved and hated Jota Mario Valencia, currently in a morning show on pro-Uribe RCN TV.
This is a compilation of some old Colombian TV production and programming companies logos and curtains (the most recent are from around 1990), including quite old Caracol TV (currently a network) logos with a snail (Caracol stands for Cadena Radial Colombiana, “Colombian Radio Network”, but “caracol” is Spanish for “snail”).
Colombia has been always a big producer of telenovelas, but in the good ol’ times they used to deal with issues even more interesting than now. Since Colombian TV started as an educational medium, telenovelas based on literary works were often produced, most of them with great success. This clip shows a few examples. I must clarify that, even though Colombia started colour broadcasts in 1979, some telenovelas were already taped and filmed in colour since mid-1970s.
You might be wondering “why so nostalgic?”. Is current Colombian television so damn boring? Well, as for me, this gorgeous presenter is one of the only reasons I watch sometimes a single Colombian newscast at 7:00 a.m. And, as The Soup‘s Joe McHale can tell, these are two quite shameful examples of what’s being produced and exported by Colombian television companies. I apologize in advance.