Spanish newspaper co-founder Carlos Mendo dies aged 77

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

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Carlos Mendo, one of the founders of Spanish newspaper El Pais died on Monday at the age of 77. His death was announced on the newspaper's website. It said that Mendo had been hospitalised for several weeks with an undisclosed illness.

After graduating he joined news agency EFE in 1958. Mendo then joined the United Press International agency, first as their Rome correspondent and then as the Spanish bureau chief.

In 1965 Mendo returned to EFE, this time as managing director. He held the post during the time of the agency's expansion. After leaving EFE in 1969, Medno joined the Prisa publishing group where three years later he would be part of the team that founded the El Pais newspaper.

Mendo continued to work for the El Pais newspaper and in 1979 became the paper's London correspondent.