RAI-3 team set to run Rete 4

The creative master-minds behind RAI-3 – the Italo pubcaster known for its overt leftist leanings and frequent attacks on the country’s center-right political majority – look set to take up the reins at Rete 4, the women-oriented web in Silvio Berlusconi’s Fininvest trio.

Former RAI-3 topper Angelo Guglielmi, popular news and current affairs journalist Michele Santoro, and others from the pubcaster team will take over the running of Rete 4 in about three months, a report in Italo daily Corriere della Sera said last week.

The decision is a controversial one given the web’s longstanding Communist reputation, not to mention its traditional antagonism to the Fininvest entertainment approach and in particular to Berlusconi’s entry into politics.

“I had some doubts,” Berlusconi told press this week. “But now the situation has been unblocked. The project is going ahead, and the negotiations are in the hands of (Fininvest president Fedele) Confalonieri.”

The idea was originally generated by Berlusconi last fall, but has been on hold since because of concern over the two factions’ political incompatibility.

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