Rai loses third board member

Staderini resigns under 'unacceptable' working conditions

MILAN — Italo pubcaster RAI has been thrown into further disarray after a third person quit the five-member board on Wednesday.

Marco Staderini, close to the center party Udc that is part of the right-center coalition led by Prime Minister and media mogul Silvio Berlusconi, claimed “working conditions had become unacceptable and he could not remain with honor.”

Under RAI regulations Staderini’s resignations will be “frozen” until a full five-man board is re-elected.

Politicos are still discussing the interpretation of current laws which do not say clearly whether the remaining two board members, RAI president Antonio Baldassare and Ettore Albertoni, must also step down and a new board be appointed or whether it is possible to replace the three members who resigned.

Last week Baldassare and Albertoni held a controversial two-man board meeting and appointed 14 top execs. Staderini, who was already on the verge of resigning, did not attend.

The political and industrial chaos at RAI has been going on since the ruling majority appointed a politically friendly board in February.

Opponents say the network has fallen under the sway of the premier, who owns Italy’s largest private TV group, Mediaset.

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