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RAI narrates Italy: Current affairs, television information and changing times

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Television news broadcasts and in-depth information programmes have been among the most valued and typical characteristics of Italian Public Radio-Television (RAI), the Italian Public Broadcasting Service, since its early years. This article focuses on the television identity of programme hosts, the evolution of media language, and analyses the strengths and weaknesses of RAI’s strategy in dealing with in-depth information programmes. This article also offers an informed assessment of the future of the Italian Public Broadcasting Service by discussing both the past and in-depth information programmes. Only an RAI that focuses on cultural and technological upgrading will be able to celebrate its 60th anniversary and to continue as ‘mother’ of the Italians and of all those who appreciate reliable and professional television reporting of current affairs.
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Keywords: Italian identity; audio-visual languages; current affairs and information programmes; mainstream; multimedia innovation; social and cultural mutation; television personalities; television studies

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Sapienza University of Rome

Publication date: 01 March 2015

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  • The Journal of Italian Cinema & Media Studies (JICMS) is a fully peer reviewed English language journal, which explores Italian cinema and media as sites of crossing, allowing critical discussion of the work of filmmakers, artists in the film industry and media professionals. The journal intends to revive a critical discussion on the auteurs, celebrate new directors and accented cinema, and examine Italy as a geo-cultural locus for contemporary debate on translocal cinema.
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