Monday, June 13, 2011

Mihai Carciog, founder of Romanian post-communist newspapers, TV stations dies

By The Associated Press
BUCHAREST, Romania — Mihai Carciog, one of the founders of Romania's post-communist free press, who successfully launched newspapers and television stations, has died. He was 70.

Friends say Carciog died in Vienna on Sunday, where he lived. For the past decade, he had battled pancreatic problems.

Carciog, was widely respected and popular with journalists and politicians alike because of his noninterference in editorial matters, discreet manner and lack of political ambitions.

He founded weeklies Expres and Expres Magazin in 1990, Romania's most successful daily Evenimentul Zilei in 1992 and private television stations Tele7 abc and Neptun TV.

In 1998, he sold Evenimentul Zilei to German media group Gruner + Jahr, the first Romanian media transaction to a foreign company.

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