The Galician journalist Fernando Ónega (Mosteiro, Lugo) was chairman of the XXIII Bembibre’s Botillo Festival on February 18th, 1995.
Ónega started as press director of the President of the Government of Spain, Adolfo Suárez. He was author of a good deal of the president speeches. Among them, the well know “I can promise and I promise.”
Ónega began his professional career in the radio in 1979, making political comments on the program Hora 25, in SER channel. Then he became news director in La SER too, in 1981. Later he was director of another radio, COPE channel, between 1986 – 1990; and also in Onda Cero channel between 1992 – 1993.
In television, he began his career on the public channel TVE at the end of the seventies with the news program Siete Días (1978-1979) and Revista de Prensa (1980). That same year, he was appointed Director of External Relations of TVE (1980-1981).
He also stood out in the written press as director of the newspaper Ya (1985 – 1986), and as a freelance for La Vanguardia and El Progreso.