Thursday, December 8

The journalist and presenter Àngel Casas dies at the age of 76

The musical journalist, presenter and humorist Àngel Casas has died this Saturday at the age of 76, as confirmed by the ACN agency. Television icon and pioneer of the ‘talk show’ in Catalonia, he had had health problems for years, which he reflected in the book of long stories ‘The Agony of Bakunin’ (Universe). His programs ‘Àngel Casas Show’ and ‘Un dia és un dia’ became a must for thousands of Catalans. Recently, TV3 and the Ateneu Barcelonès paid tribute to his career.

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History of journalism and music criticism, he received several awards, such as two Ondas Awards, three TP and an Antena de Oro. In 2017 the Igualada Zoom Festival awarded him the Honor Award. His last professional adventure was the direction of the public channel in Barcelona, ​​Betevé, between 2008 and 2014.

Before making himself known on television, Casas had made his debut on Radio Juventud and had made a career in this medium, with a long stage linked first to Radio Barcelona (where he won an Ondas Award in 1972 for the musical program ‘Trotadiscos’) and later on Radio 4, where he directed one of the first programs broadcast in Catalan, ‘La clau i el duro’.

His debut on television came in 1977 with the help of Televisión Española, where he participated in the musical program ‘Popgrama’, together with Carlos Tena and Diego A. Manrique. Three years later she directed and presented his own space on this chain, the ‘Musical Express’ (1980-1983).

Casas began working on TV3 shortly after the public channel was created, and became very popular with the program ‘Àngel Casas Show’ in the second half of the eighties. The program won the Antena de Oro awards (1984) and the Ondas de television award in 1986. From then on he alternated between television and radio (he hosted the magazine ‘El sermón’ on Cadena Ser, returned to TVE with the space ‘A day is a day’ and, already in the nineties, ‘As is’, ‘The one and the other’ and ‘This is what there is’).

Experiences such as ‘Temps era temps’ (2001) and ‘Totes ese cançons’ (2004), on TV3, ‘Catalunya, parada y fonda’ and the interview space Senyores i senyors (2004- 2007), these two again on Spanish Television (La 2).

His last stage as a communication professional was spent at Betevé, the local channel in Barcelona, ​​in this case as director of the channel, after winning a public contest. Casas was the director from 2008 to 2014, a stage during which the municipal radio centered on local information Barcelona FM was launched, with shared headquarters and synergies with television.

Àngel Casas also collaborated in the making of the music documentaries ‘La nova cançó’ (1976) and ‘Canet Rock’ (1976), by Francesc Bellmunt. In addition, during the last decades he dared to write and debuted in narrative with ‘Fred als peus’ (Quaderns Crema, 2002). Later would come ‘L’home a qui se li precipitaven els deveniments’ (Empuries, 2005), among others, and his last title was ‘Carta d’una desassossegada (i altres relats)’, edited by Quaderns Crema last year.