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Canal Plus Espana's Lorenzo leaves powerful post

MADRID — In a shock move, Jose Manuel Lorenzo, one of the key top execs on the Spanish TV scene, has resigned as general manager and numero uno of Spain’s cash cow premium TV service Canal Plus Espana.

His resignation leaves pundits wondering if Lorenzo, who hails from Galicia, the same region as the leading candidate to be Spain’s next prime minister — Mariano Rajoy –could now be earmarked for even greater things, should a new conservative government take over in Spain after general elections on March 14.

In the five years since June 1998, when Lorenzo took up the post as the topper of Canal Plus, he has seen the web prosper and hold its own in subs, despite the launch of two digital TV platforms in Spain, the Sogecable-owned Canal Satelite Digital and Via Digital, now merged in Digital Plus.

A laid-back, sharp and extroverted TV exec, Lorenzo has friends across a wide professional spectrum and even managed to mesh his post at Spain’s biggest pay-TV service with occasional credits as a secondary actor in Spanish feature films.

His resignation comes after a long career in Spanish TV with top posts at Antena 3 and RTVE.

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