Christina Kanataki: The Charismatic TV Presenter Captivating Audiences

Interview by Vassilios Nicolaos Vitsilogiannis

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Christina Kanataki is a distinguished TV presenter known for her engaging show “Kathecasta” on TV100. Renowned for her charismatic presence and sharp interviewing skills, Christina brings a unique blend of warmth and professionalism to the screen. Over the years, she has built a reputation for insightful commentary and captivating storytelling. “Kathecasta” has become a staple for viewers, celebrated for its in-depth exploration of diverse topics and candid conversations with prominent figures. Christina’s career is marked by her dedication to quality journalism and her ability to connect with her audience, making her a beloved figure in the world of television.

Tell us a few words about the show “Kathecasta” and how you came up with the idea for it.

The daily, two-hour show “Kathecasta” thanks to its team with Anastasia Koteli and George Athanasiadis, presents everything that makes us enjoy life in Thessaloniki, the second largest city in Greece. Through polls, live connections, and guests in the studio, we learn about everything happening on all levels. You see its people, learn its news, and enjoy living among what’s happening. On its beautiful side.

How did your philosophical studies influence your approach to journalism and your role as a presenter?

Classical studies, which in my opinion everyone should have as a foundation regardless of profession, offer a more holistic view of life. On the other hand, language is the basis of communication. How can we communicate correctly if we use it wrongly?

What were the biggest challenges you faced in your career in the media?

To understand that everything is the result of hard work but also luck, that everything has its time no matter how much you want to expedite it, to compromise with the idea that because I am far from Athens, my earnings and publicity will probably be equivalent to Thessaloniki. On the contrary, however, I was lucky to have good colleagues and fair treatment corresponding to my mild reactions at crucial moments.

How do you perceive the role of family in your life and how do you balance your professional life with your personal time?

I try, sometimes successfully and sometimes unsuccessfully, to be a good mother, daughter, partner, friend, and worker, like all of us. Just with a little more makeup, hairdressing, and clothes, that is, grooming, due to the nature of the job. We all struggle more or less the same. But I wouldn’t easily change my profession. Probably never, now that I think about it. Thank you for making me realize that!

What are your future plans and ambitions in the television industry?

To remain active and useful, and that alone will show me the next step. For now, I am perfectly satisfied with what I do.

How do you deal with competition and challenges in your field? Have you considered working for one of the major television channels in Athens?

Competition doesn’t concern me. I don’t endure it, I don’t reinforce it. It’s foolish in a field with so many different job positions to want to compete. For what? It’s not a beauty pageant, it’s excellence. Just be the best version of yourself, not a prince in place of the prince. It’s no good. As for the Athenian channels, life holds surprises. And I trust it.

In your opinion, what is the role of friendship in your professional life and how have you been helped by collaborations with others?

I firmly believe that only collaborations evolve you both personally and professionally. Journalism is a team sport, basketball not tennis, much more likely squash. It accommodates both friendships and the other expressions of life where either we succeed or they weaken and stop. That’s life!

Can you tell us some of your favorite moments or experiences from your career in the media?

My greatest joy is paving the way for new people by giving them opportunities that make them seem easy but in essence, I create, as they are rarely found. Of course, the recognition resulted from 25 years in journalism.

How do you perceive the evolution of the media and its impact on society?

They shape opinions, obviously, there are worthy or dubious efforts, excellent colleagues but unfortunately trolls. Everyone finds the information that suits them. It takes a clear mind to evaluate the volume of information and the accuracy of the news. Do we have it?

What advice would you give to young people who wish to follow in your footsteps in the television industry?

Not to follow the beaten path, everyone has their own star and their own rhythms, not to compare themselves to anyone, and to be smiling and willing even in the hardships they will face – because they will definitely face them. Aim high, dream, and always move forward!

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