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Tato Awards ceremony

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Heated exchange of words between Lanata, Sietecase

During the ceremony of the Tato Awards, held on Monday night and organized by the Argentine Association of Independent Television Producers (CAPIT), journalists and winners Jorge Lanata and Reynaldo Sietecase had a rather heated exchange of words when they received their awards.

Lanata, the powerhouse figure of the Clarín Group, received five Tatos — for Best Journalist, Non-Fiction Production, Direction, Best Journalistic Programme and Best Programme of the Year (Periodismo para todos — Channel 13). In one of his appearances onstage, he ironically dedicated the award to three actors — Pablo Echarri, Paola Barrientos and Mex Urtizberea — who, during the Martín Fierro Awards ceremony (held in August) expressed their displeasure with the awards given to Lanata.

Later, Sietecase, leading radio host at Vorterix, went on stage to accept the award as Best Guest Columnist in a News Programme (for Telefe) and broached the issue. “Months ago, I heard on this very same stage somebody saying that he was concerned about the increasing gap in Argentine society. I am also concerned about the situation but I am surprised that those same colleagues who claim concern about the gap are also trying to widen it every day,” Sietecase said, referring to the Martín Fierro awards.

“Journalists should always be critic, otherwise it’s not journalism. Criticism is one thing, but a political operative adjusted to your employer is quite another. And it is not journalism,” he added.

Lanata did not answer onstage, although he received more awards after Sietecase hinted at his political stance. Instead, Lanata gave a quick response on his radio show yesterday.

“I have known Sietecase for 30 years. We brought him from Rosario and he worked with us for 20 years. We gave him different jobs and he managed different things under our direction. I even left him my programme on radio Del Plata and he hosted it. That is all I would say about Sietecase,” said Lanata.

Later in the evening, Sietecase tweeted: “Yesterday I suggested an intelligent debate about “the gap.” I have nothing personal against Lanata. We have a history. And yes, we have different points of view regarding the country and our profession.”

Many actors also criticized Lanata for his comments onstage.

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