Italo news resists

Journos protest Berlusconi's influence

ROME — TV journalists at Italy’s two main newscasts, pubcaster RAI’s “TG-1” and Silvio Berlusconi-owned Mediaset’s “TG-5,” are up in arms over what they claim is excessive coverage given to the prime minister and media mogul.

Reporters at “TG-1” in Rome are skedded to hold a protest meeting today after deputy director Daniela Tagliafico resigned; she claimed the top-rated newscast caters blatantly to the government. Some 30 RAI reporters, including anchors Lilli Gruber and Davide Sassuoli, back the protest.

At Mediaset, directly controlled by Berlusconi, “TG-5” reporters have formally complained about the network’s decision to replace weekly news show “Terra” with a special on the 10-year anniversary of Berlusconi’s Forza Italia party Saturday. Two-hour-plus live coverage of Forza Italia’s birthday convention also aired on Mediaset’s Rete-4 the same day.

The European Federation of Journalists recently admonished Italy for setting a bad example for Europe because too much of its media is concentrated in the prime minister’s hands. The Brussels-based org said Berlusconi’s influence and vast media holdings create a conflict of interest for journalists.

More TV

  • Canal Plus

    Canal Plus Orders Thomas Lilti's 'Hippocrate' Medical Series

    ROME — TV journalists at Italy’s two main newscasts, pubcaster RAI’s “TG-1” and Silvio Berlusconi-owned Mediaset’s “TG-5,” are up in arms over what they claim is excessive coverage given to the prime minister and media mogul. Reporters at “TG-1” in Rome are skedded to hold a protest meeting today after deputy director Daniela Tagliafico resigned; […]

  • Teen Titans Go

    'Teen Titans Go': Animation for All Ages Celebrates Major Milestone Ahead of Feature Film

    ROME — TV journalists at Italy’s two main newscasts, pubcaster RAI’s “TG-1” and Silvio Berlusconi-owned Mediaset’s “TG-5,” are up in arms over what they claim is excessive coverage given to the prime minister and media mogul. Reporters at “TG-1” in Rome are skedded to hold a protest meeting today after deputy director Daniela Tagliafico resigned; […]

  • Duffer Brothers Variety Facetime Interview

    Duffer Brothers on 'Stranger Things' 2 and What Scares Them

    ROME — TV journalists at Italy’s two main newscasts, pubcaster RAI’s “TG-1” and Silvio Berlusconi-owned Mediaset’s “TG-5,” are up in arms over what they claim is excessive coverage given to the prime minister and media mogul. Reporters at “TG-1” in Rome are skedded to hold a protest meeting today after deputy director Daniela Tagliafico resigned; […]

  • Occupied 2

    MTG Studios Boards Norwegian Drama Series 'Wisting'

    ROME — TV journalists at Italy’s two main newscasts, pubcaster RAI’s “TG-1” and Silvio Berlusconi-owned Mediaset’s “TG-5,” are up in arms over what they claim is excessive coverage given to the prime minister and media mogul. Reporters at “TG-1” in Rome are skedded to hold a protest meeting today after deputy director Daniela Tagliafico resigned; […]

  • endemol shine logo

    Endemol Shine Surprises With Plan to Shrink Southeast Asia Operation

    ROME — TV journalists at Italy’s two main newscasts, pubcaster RAI’s “TG-1” and Silvio Berlusconi-owned Mediaset’s “TG-5,” are up in arms over what they claim is excessive coverage given to the prime minister and media mogul. Reporters at “TG-1” in Rome are skedded to hold a protest meeting today after deputy director Daniela Tagliafico resigned; […]

  • Stranger Things Season 2

    Netflix, Deutsche Telekom Ink Global Partnership

    ROME — TV journalists at Italy’s two main newscasts, pubcaster RAI’s “TG-1” and Silvio Berlusconi-owned Mediaset’s “TG-5,” are up in arms over what they claim is excessive coverage given to the prime minister and media mogul. Reporters at “TG-1” in Rome are skedded to hold a protest meeting today after deputy director Daniela Tagliafico resigned; […]

  • The Simpsons

    All the Thanksgiving TV Marathons You Can Binge This Weekend

    ROME — TV journalists at Italy’s two main newscasts, pubcaster RAI’s “TG-1” and Silvio Berlusconi-owned Mediaset’s “TG-5,” are up in arms over what they claim is excessive coverage given to the prime minister and media mogul. Reporters at “TG-1” in Rome are skedded to hold a protest meeting today after deputy director Daniela Tagliafico resigned; […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content