Globo fires José Hamilton Ribeiro and Fantastico’s secret reporter

Two journalists who made their careers at Rede Globo were dismissed from the network today: José Hamilton Ribeiro, who had been working at Globo’s journalism for over 40 years — with passages in “Fantástico”, “Globo Repórter” and “Globo Rural” — and Eduardo Faustini, investigative reporter for “Fantástico”.

splash found that the disconnections were friendly and caused a commotion at the station. The broadcaster has been reducing costs to ease the pandemic crisis. Rede Globo confirmed the disconnections in a note sent to splash and reinforced that the two left after a friendly conversation: “Both left by mutual agreement after a beautiful trajectory on TV.”

After working at “Folha de S. Paulo”, José Hamilton’s first job for Globo was as a freelancer in a report shown by “Globo Rural” in celebration of its first year of existence, in 1981. The following year he became a freelancer integrate the fixed team of the program.

Eduardo Faustini became known as the "secret reporter" of "Fantastic", at Globo - Reproduction - Reproduction

Eduardo Faustini was known as the “secret reporter” of “Fantástico” on Globo

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In 2006, she received the Maria Moors Cabot Award, from Columbia University, one of the most important awards in journalism in the United States. He was one of the winners in the category Outstanding on Latin America, which honors professionals who have demonstrated a commitment to press freedom and an understanding of inter-American relations.

In more than 60 years of journalism, José Hamilton Ribeiro says he has learned three things: “First, black olives are dyed; second, in bathrooms, in general, the hot tap is on the left; third, a snake’s egg, it doesn’t come out canarinho. The rest I learn every day”.

In the 1960s, the journalist lost his leg after stepping on a land mine during the Vietnam War.

Among his main reports are in “Trilha da Onça”, “A tour through Vietnam”, “The cycle of tropeirismo”, “The work of the Bakairi Indians” and a scientific investigation in the Paraguay River.

Eduardo Faustini

Edward already Faustini earned the nickname of “The Secret Reporter” from Fantástico, and has been with Globo since 1996. He never showed his face on television to preserve his physical integrity, but, despite this, he was already threatened during investigations.

He made reports that led to the arrest of former PM colonel, accused of running death squads, Hildebrando Pascoal. He also caught explicit corruption on the part of São Gonçalo Prefecture suppliers, corruption cases in Rondônia.

Another important case was the special “Diary of a dirty war”, which showed the struggle between police and drug dealers in Rio.

In 2014, another series of reports debuted in “Fantástico”, called “Where’s the money that was here?”, where he investigates where complaints about tax deviations.

Crisis at Globo

As reported by Splash columnist Guilherme Ravache, Globo closed the first half of 2021 with a loss of R$ 144 million. The number represents a deterioration of 122% compared to 2020, when the company had a loss of R$ 51 million in the same period.

The negative result draws attention, since since 2019 the company has carried out continuous cuts in employees.

In recent months, the number of stars leaving Globo seems to have accelerated. Faustão, Tiago Leifert, Lázaro Ramos, Ingrid Guimarães, Vera Fischer, Antônio Fagundes and Reynaldo Gianecchini are among the recent casualties.

Ricardo Feltrin, in his column on Splash, points out that the broadcaster has been recording the worst rates of bope, the highest sales and the lowest net profit.

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