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In 2007, almost 20 years after the ratification of the Constitution, a new chapter was written in the history of public communications in Brazil: The Congress approved a Temporary Law creating the Brazilian Communications Company (EBC), with the merger of Radiobrás with the Roquete Pinto Educational Communications Association (Acerp).
The 1998 Federal Constitution determined that communications in Brazil would consist of three complementary areas: the private sector, state, and public. The first exists, and is consolidated and has always had the support of the State – including financing – in completely different situations: either at times when the economy was growing and in moments of crises. State communication, in turn, had a very limited structure in the federal scope of operations, inherited from previous institutions and agencies, dating from the Agência Nacional in the decade of the 1930s, created by President Getúlio Vargas.
Public communication, had essentially a structure based on some state foundations that continued to support cultural programming over the years, such as the Padre Anchieta Foundation that supports TV Cultura, created in 1967 by the government of the state of São Paulo, and the Instituto de Radiodifusão Educativa da Bahia, which during this period, provided support for the Rádio Educadora and the Tevê Educativa da Bahia. EBC was created to change this structure and show that independent, quality public television could be possible.
The EBC has a Conselho Curador, responsible for assuring the completion of its mission. The Council has representatives from civil society, the federal government, the employees of the company and the National Congress.
The agency expresses, together, the diversity of opinions, educational backgrounds, professional experiences, regional origins and political inclinations that are present in the day-to-day operations of the EBC. Elections of new members of the Council are made based on nominations by organizations in civil society that vote on the names that are sent to the President of the Republic
The programming of the EBC reflects the richness and diversity of Brazilian society. Programs like Samba na Gamboa, presented by Diogo Nogueira, and Arte do Artista, presente by playwright Aderbal Freire Filho, show the cultural diversity of our country.
The cartoon Igarapé Mágico, produced in Brazil and shown daily, brings the Amazon to Brazilian children. In 2013, it was the EBC that brought the excitement of “C” Series Brazilian Football league games to the public via TV Brasil, owned by Rádio Nacional and EBC Portal. The Compny took a new step in creating the first participatory program on Brazilian TV, Outro Olhar. The independently produced series Nova África shows the day-to-day activities of a continent that is the origin of more than half of the antecedents of the Brazilian population.