Josep Maria Francino, a benchmark for radio journalism in Catalonia, dies

Journalist Josep Maria Francino, referent of Catalan radio journalism, has died this Wednesday at the age of 74, as reported by Catalunya Ràdio, the station of which he was CEO.

The covid has been the cause of his death, according to Diari de Terrassa, a local newspaper in the city where he was born in 1947 and where he began his professional career.

Ràdio Terrassa was the first communication medium in which he worked and of which he became deputy director, before being the promoter of Radio Club 25 in 1979, deputy director of the Emissores de la Generalitat de Catalunya project in 1983 and general director of Catalunya Ràdio between 1983 and 1984.

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He also held management positions at Ràdio Associació de Catalunya, Ràdio Olot, RNE in Catalunya and COM Ràdio, in addition to having an important role in the birth of several local channels in Garrotxa (Girona).

In addition to being a radio man, Francino was in love with music, especially The Beatles, of whom he was a collector and about whom he wrote the book “Beatlemania, a personal chronicle.”

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