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RTP celebrates half century birthday

PORTUGAL’S STATE run television company RTP commemorated its 50th anniversary last week.

The company, which four years ago owed a staggering three billion euros and recorded a modest profit of several million euros this year, celebrated 50 years of transmissions all last week, culminating in a gala show at Lisbon’s Coliseu de Recreios on Thursday night.

The gala show, which traced the most notable landmarks in Portuguese state television and broadcasting history, included the participation of Artur Agostinho, Maria de Lurdes Modesto, Sílvia Alberto, Jorge Gabriel, Júlio Isidro, Maria Elisa, as well as famous Portuguese figures such as footballer Eusébio, Olympic athlete Rosa Mota, former model and Miss World entrant Ana Maria Lucas, soul singer Sara Tavares and Bananarama-style pop band Non Stop.

On the day of the anniversary personalities from RTP’s past and present told stories that marked the half century of the TV and radio station, while on the same day a new television production centre was inaugurated at the company’s current site near Parque das Nações.

The new state-of-the-art production centre was officially launched by the President of the Republic, Cavaco Silva.

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