Tag Archives: Italy

Beppe Grillo: Italian population living in a “gigantic ‘Truman Show’”

So the long-standing debate about the independence of Italy’s public broadcaster, RAI – addressed in Mapping Digital Media: Italy, and by the Open Media Coalition, Italy’s media reform movement – has now received the Grillo treatment.

Italian comedian Beppe Grillo last … Read more


Italy: New Policy Rules on Spectrum Allocation

On 24 April, the Italian government, led by Prime Minister Mario Monti, moved to change the country’s system for allocating television frequencies. It jettisoned the so-called “beauty contest” method saying it would have done little to open the market to … Read more


Italy after Berlusconi: What now for media freedom?

The Open Society Foundations and the Reuters Institute in association with Frontline Club will discuss the future of the media in Italy after Berlusconi. On 12 November, the longest-serving post-war Prime Minister of Italy Silvio Berlusconi resigned after … Read more


Italy – Mapping Digital Media Report

Digital terrestrial television was introduced in Italy in 2001. The switch-off of analog broadcasting started in 2009 and is based on the progressive “digitization” of regional areas. The deadline for the definitive switch-over from analog to digital broadcasting is set … Read more


Analyzing the ‘Italian anomaly’ in television news

The political capture of national television news in Italy has been alleged and debated for many years. Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi dominates broadcasting to a degree that is unique in western Europe and has few parallels anywhere on the continent.

He … Read more