BandNews Network is the first all news FM station in Brazil. Founded in 2005, it currently owns stations in 10 Brazilian capitals: São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte, Curitiba, Porto Alegre, Salvador, Brasília, Fortaleza, João Pessoa and Vitória. It also broadcasts for the station’s radio in Orlando (USA). Each of its stations broadcasts local, national and international news.
The main shows of the station are: Jornal da BandNews FM, with journalist Ricardo Boechat; BandNews São Paulo, with Sheila Magalhães and Eduardo Barão; BandNews No Meio Do Dia (‘BandNews in the middle of the day’), with Carla Bigatto and Felipe Bueno; Jornal da BandNews FM, with Gabriela Mayer and Sandro Badaró; BandNews em Alta Frequência (‘High Frequency bandNews’), with Débora Alfano and André Coutinho; É da Coisa (‘It’s the thing’), with Reinaldo Azevedo, André Coutinho and Rodrigo Orengo; and BandNews na Área (‘BandNews in the area’), about sports. According to information provided by the station’s journalism executive publisher, Sheila Magalhães, to Portal da Imprensa (24/01/2014), the radio has a higher number of female anchors and reporters than any other stations. The objective would be to differentiate the station from other allnews radios, that have a mostly male audience, and attract women to their programming.
Some of Bandeirantes’s columnists are also columnists at Band News. The most notable are:
- Fernando Schüller is a philosopher and political scientist dedicated to themes like “Freedom of Press and of Speech” and a professor at Insper - Instituto de Ensino e Pesquisa (‘Research and Teaching Institute’), a private non-profit graduation organization founded by entrepreneurs Claudio Haddad, Jorge Paulo Lemann, Marcel Hermann Telles and Carlos Alberto da Veiga; he is also a collaborator in the Millenium Institute and a former Social Development and Justice State Secretary in Rio Grande do Sul during Yeda Crusius’ tenure (PSDB, 2007-2011).
- Leandro Karnal is a history professor at UNICAMP and collaborates with different media vehicles (Folha de S. Paulo, O Estado de S. Paulo, Zero Hora, História Viva magazine, TV Cultura, among others); he also gives lectures at companies, schools and institutions.
- Eduardo Oinegue, a journalist and owner of analysis publishing and management advisement companies, was IG’s publisher (2009-2011), a reporter and editor of Abril Group’s outlets (1986-2005); in 2016, refused the invitation by president Michel Temer (PMDB) to be his spokesman, but developed a communication plan for the government; even before President Dilma Rousseff (PT) was removed from office, the journalist helped Temer with communication training.
- Luís Paulo Rosenberg: an economist graduated at USP, with a master’s and a doctor’s degree at Vanderbilt University, is an economical consultant, owner of the company Rosemberg Associados. He also makes economical commentary for Folha de S.Paulo, Jovem Pan and Eldorado Radios and Carta Capital magazine. He was an advisor for minister of planning Delfim Netto during João Figeiredo’s military government (1979-1985) and a member of the FMI negotiation team; later, he was president José Sarney’s economic advisor (PMDB, 1985-1989). He was also a member in the councils of the companies Cia. Suzano, Nestlé and BBVA bank and Marketing vice-president of sports club Corinthians.
- Luiz Barretto: a sociologist, is the president of Caixa Crescer, a microcredit providing company of Caixa Econômica Federal. He was the director president of Sebrae Nacional (2011-2015) and Minister of Tourism (2008-2010) during Lula’s government (PT).
- Reinaldo Azevedo: a journalist and political commentator self-defined as "a catholic, conservative, liberal and hillbilly" (Portal Imprensa, 6/12/13). Also has columns in RedeTV!, RedeTV! Portal and in Folha de S.Paulo. A former columnist of Veja magazine and former commentator at Jovem Pan Radio.
Other important columnists are:
- Mônica Bergamo: a journalist specialized in politics, has a column in Folha de S. Paulo (Folha Group)
- Dora Kramer: a journalist, is a former political columnist for Jornal do Brasil and Estado de S.Paulo. Nowadays, also has a column in the veja magazine portal (Abril Group).
- Luiz Carlos Mendonça de Barros: an economist, is the former president of BNDES and former minister of communication during Fernando Henrique Cardoso’s government (PSDB, 1995-1998). Also has a column in the Exame magazine portal (Abril Group).
- Salomão Schwartzman: a journalist and political scientist, also has shows on BandNews TV, on Arte 1 channel and on educational radio Cultura FM.
There are also a great number of columnists and commentators in other thematic areas: Milton Neves and André Coutinho (Football), Manu Karsten (pets), Carol Costa (gardening), Miguel Icassatii (Pub culture), Gil Giardelli and Letícia Valente – Revolução Band News, Rosely Sayão and Thais Dias (‘Your Children’), István Wessel (Gastronomy) Paulo Olzon and Elaine Freires (Health), Vicky Bloch and Bruno Venditti (Career), Ricardo Freire (Travel), Alexandra Corvo (Wines), Carla Bigatto (‘There’s a woman around’), Inês de Castro (‘Inside the mirror’), Vivi Favery (Bicycling), Marcelo Duarte and Maiara Bastianello (travel), Álvaro Bandeira and Érico Oyama (Financial market), among others.
Media Companies / Groups
Rede BandNews belongs to Grupo Bandeirantes. The group is controlled by the Saad family.
Group / Individual Owner
João Carlos Saad (Johnny Saad) – He inherited the business from his father, João Jorge Saad.
Mário Baccei – Radio VP of Grupo Bandeirantes.
Sheila Magalhães - executive editor of Journalism in BandNews FM since 2013. She is also a anchorwoman of the station since 2006.
Sede São Paulo (SP) - Rua Carlos Cyrillo Júnior, 92 Jd. Leonor - São Paulo - São Paulo - CEP: 05614-000 - (11) 3131.7418 - www.bandnews.com.br .
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