You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

RAI’s Celli drops docs, forces Minoli out

Topper axes division after one month

MILAN — Giovanni Minoli, a 27-year news and current affairs veteran of Italy’s pubcaster RAI, has effectively been squeezed out by new director general Pier Luigi Celli. The latter abruptly abolished the low-budget documentaries and news division, which was created just last month and was headed by Minoli.

The 53-year-old Minoli was recently “invited” by RAI toppers to study the development of formats abroad, company insiders said.

But in TV circles this invitation was interpreted as a clear request to resign.

Minoli has not commented but is expected to leave RAI.

In June, Minoli was replaced as head of RAI’s Channel 3, a position he had held since 1996, and his role was drastically reduced to that of head of the low-budget production unit.

Some RAI sources said Minoli was chafing over his diminished role at the network; others said Celli’s decision was motivated by political reasons, as Minoli is not liked by the so-called Party of the Left which leads Italy’s government and has strong support among RAI top management.

Minoli joined RAI in 1971 as a program producer and became a popular figure in 1980 when he created and hosted the newsmag “Mixer.”

More Biz

  • Gibson, Iconic Guitar Company, Said to

    Gibson, Iconic Guitar Company, Said to Be Nearing Bankruptcy

    MILAN — Giovanni Minoli, a 27-year news and current affairs veteran of Italy’s pubcaster RAI, has effectively been squeezed out by new director general Pier Luigi Celli. The latter abruptly abolished the low-budget documentaries and news division, which was created just last month and was headed by Minoli. The 53-year-old Minoli was recently “invited” by […]

  • David Glasser Fired by the Weinstein

    Weinstein Co. Board Fires COO David Glasser for Cause

    MILAN — Giovanni Minoli, a 27-year news and current affairs veteran of Italy’s pubcaster RAI, has effectively been squeezed out by new director general Pier Luigi Celli. The latter abruptly abolished the low-budget documentaries and news division, which was created just last month and was headed by Minoli. The 53-year-old Minoli was recently “invited” by […]

  • Rules Don't Apply review

    Warren Beatty Sought Wider 'Rules Don't Apply' Release Despite Grim Test Screenings

    MILAN — Giovanni Minoli, a 27-year news and current affairs veteran of Italy’s pubcaster RAI, has effectively been squeezed out by new director general Pier Luigi Celli. The latter abruptly abolished the low-budget documentaries and news division, which was created just last month and was headed by Minoli. The 53-year-old Minoli was recently “invited” by […]

  • Oh Seok-geun Korean Film Council

    New Leader Promises Reforms at Korean Film Council

    MILAN — Giovanni Minoli, a 27-year news and current affairs veteran of Italy’s pubcaster RAI, has effectively been squeezed out by new director general Pier Luigi Celli. The latter abruptly abolished the low-budget documentaries and news division, which was created just last month and was headed by Minoli. The 53-year-old Minoli was recently “invited” by […]

  • SOUTH KOREA OUTMandatory Credit: Photo by

    Actress Choi Hee-seo Looks Forward to a Promising Career

    MILAN — Giovanni Minoli, a 27-year news and current affairs veteran of Italy’s pubcaster RAI, has effectively been squeezed out by new director general Pier Luigi Celli. The latter abruptly abolished the low-budget documentaries and news division, which was created just last month and was headed by Minoli. The 53-year-old Minoli was recently “invited” by […]

  • The Prison Korean Cinema

    Korea's Box Office Faces a Drop in Admissions as Streaming Services Compete

    MILAN — Giovanni Minoli, a 27-year news and current affairs veteran of Italy’s pubcaster RAI, has effectively been squeezed out by new director general Pier Luigi Celli. The latter abruptly abolished the low-budget documentaries and news division, which was created just last month and was headed by Minoli. The 53-year-old Minoli was recently “invited” by […]

  • Andy Lo Hong Kong Writer Director

    Ambitious Filmmaker Andy Lo Wants Success in Both Hong Kong and China

    MILAN — Giovanni Minoli, a 27-year news and current affairs veteran of Italy’s pubcaster RAI, has effectively been squeezed out by new director general Pier Luigi Celli. The latter abruptly abolished the low-budget documentaries and news division, which was created just last month and was headed by Minoli. The 53-year-old Minoli was recently “invited” by […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content