Working Lives Ecuador

Working Lives Ecuador: Journalist

Being an early riser is part of the job for 60-year-old Miguel Rivadeneira.

A director of one of Ecuador's largest radio stations, he presents Radio Quito's agenda-setting breakfast news show for three hours from six o'clock every morning.

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With a lunchtime and an afternoon broadcast as well, most of his working day is spent in the radio studio.

"I chose journalism because it better serves the community, communication and the country," he says.

And he has another motivation for choosing this career path. Miguel's father was also a journalist.

But being a member of the press in Ecuador is challenging.

President Rafael Correa has launched lawsuits and verbal attacks on the country's media.

Miguel believes that Ecuador enjoyed greater press freedom when it was under military rule in the 1960s and 1970s.

"The difference is that during the dictatorship it was about force," he explained. "But now it's about the psychological pressure."

To escape from the pressure of his job, he enjoys watching football at home.

Weekends however, are all about spending time with the family. Playing in the garden with his wife, two daughters, grandchildren and their pet dog or gathering around the dining table to enjoy a meal together.

Like many journalists though, he finds it hard to switch off.

"It is very difficult, very difficult to turn off the phone," he admits.

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