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Death of Manuel Gonçalves

One of Asia’s leading broadcast innovators has died aged 57.

Manuel Gonçalves was Vice-chairman and CEO of TDM in Macau from 1996 to 2011 and a Vice-president of the ABU for three years until 2010. In 2011 he was appointed ABU Honorary Councillor.

ABU Secretary General Dr Mottaghi expressed deep sadness at the news and said this was a great loss to the ABU family.  “On behalf of the ABU and all our partners who knew Mr Gonçalves, I offer my profound condolences to his wife and family.  He was a good friend of the ABU and will be very much missed.”

During his tenure in TDM Mr Gonçalves was responsible for a major shakeup of the Macau public broadcaster. He devised a strategy to implement terrestrial digital broadcasting which increased the number of TV channels from two to six, set up a satellite channel and initiated a series of cooperative projects with mainland Chinese TV stations and Portuguese-speaking broadcasters. 

He was also responsible for organising a series of major international events such as the Public Broadcasters International 2004 Conference, the 2009 Asia Media Summit and the AIBD General Conference of 2010.

Born in Macau on 19 October 1954 to a Portuguese father and mother from China, Mr Gonçalves attended school in Macau then obtained degrees in finance and business from the Instituto Superior de Economia e Gestão in Lisbon and the prestigious Universidade Nova de Lisboa.

He returned to Macau in 1988 to take a position in government, rising to Vice-director of the Education and Youth Affairs Bureau before his appointment to TDM in 1996.

Besides his official duties at TDM, Mr Gonçalves was also prominent locally as a member of the Macau Chief Executive Election Committee, the National People’s Congress Deputies Election Committee and Treasurer of the Macau Holy House of Charity, the oldest catholic charity in Macau.

He died of pancreatic cancer and leaves his wife, brother and sister.