5 Questions with Claudianna Blanco, SBS Spanish Executive Producer

  • What is the favourite part of your role?

I am a lucky girl! I get to talk to different people daily and have the privilege of getting to know them and tell their stories – what makes them happy, what affects them, the lot!  I get to debate, to question, to delve deeply into issues, and all that as a means of serving and informing the wider community through a daily 1-hour radio show – in-language! And I get to do this with a group of other caring and dedicated producers and journalists. Shaping the daily editorial agenda and tone of our Spanish-language news service is a challenge and an honour like no other.

  • What makes you proud to work for SBS? 

I am deeply committed to SBS’s purpose and reason for being. As a CALD migrant who came to Australia as an adult, I feel SBS and NITV have been fundamental to my settlement process and my professional development. I couldn’t imagine Australia without them!SBS and NITV have given me the opportunity to tell the harshest, the saddest and the most beautiful and inspiring stories, from a perspective you wouldn’t find anywhere else (a couple of times, from my very own, personal experience).

The way I have seen Indigenous and migrant communities respond to our stories, to our authenticity, give me a purpose to strive for better every day.

  • What is your career highlight at SBS?

My latest career highlight has been leading the SBS Spanish team through the pandemic crisis. I was deeply moved by our team’s generosity and staunch commitment through the toughest days. We have been working incredibly hard, been under a lot of stress, as months of breaking news have rolled on. In the darkest hours, we were there for each other and our audience.

  • Tell us one thing that you have learned about yourself in the last few weeks:

Doing my best means different things every day.

  • If you had one thing to say to our audience… 

Thank you!  We exist for you. Keep us accountable.

" SBS and NITV have given me the opportunity to tell the harshest, the saddest and the most beautiful and inspiring stories, from a perspective you wouldn’t find anywhere else"