from Lisbon, you’ve always had a political vein, you were a journalist...
Not was! I am.
I think I will always be.
became a great entrepreneur...
Even today (28-06-2017) I was somewhere, where they gave me some news, and the first thing I did was to publish this news in one of the media outlets to which I am connected.
still have this journalistic vein?
No ‘still’, cut the ‘still’.
miss the time when you were actually a journalist?
I still do a lot of journalism, not as much as I would like, but I keep up with journalism and its evolution, and, above all else, I keep a very close eye on important content changes, on television, in the press, on the websites... And it isn’t just keeping an eye on thing, I am very much involved in the final decisions.
do so to be aware of everything that happens around you?
Of course! I do not intervene in day-to-day decisions, because in these obviously there has to be freedom and responsibility on the part of the directors.
became a major businessman... Surely you are proud of the course you have
taken. Still, if you could go back, what would you change?
(Silence). It’s hard to answer. I think we are trying to adapt a lot to technological evolution and political evolution. Private television did not exist. As soon as it was possible, we were already ready to act and to set up the channel. We could have done it earlier. What I regret is that in some cases we have not had the political conditions, above all else, to have done it earlier, and that we lost time there. It also seems to me that when we believed in the Internet, when it was the first bubble in 2000, 2001, around then, we believed that almost everyone in the media world could provide content for free, because that was how it worked in terms of advertising revenue, which would surely be rewarding. Therefore, not having charged from the outset for the content makes it more difficult nowadays.
the biggest mistake, in a way...
Yes. It was not just mine; it was everyone’s in the world, not just in Portugal.
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