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Italo pols nix RAI nominee

Treasury nominates Malgara for prexy

ROME — The wrangling to find a prexy for pubcaster RAI continued Wednesday after Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s rivals warned they would not approve the man put forward for the job.

The Italian Treasury, RAI’s main shareholder, has nominated Giulio Malgara, founder and topper of Italian TV ratings service Auditel and a Berlusconi ally.

His appointment needs a two-thirds vote from the parliamentary committee that oversees the pubcaster, due on July 12. That looks unlikely.

“The government knows perfectly well we’re not going to vote for Malgara,” said opposition leader Romano Prodi.

Malgara had been among candidates to become RAI topper in 1994, under Berlusconi’s first tenure as prime minister.

The news will prolong the management crisis crippling the web since former prexy Lucia Annunziata stepped down in May 2004, claiming Berlusconi wielded direct influence over the pubcaster’s management.

Berlusconi also controls RAI’s main private competitor, Mediaset.

In May the RAI parliamentary commission appointed most of the pubcaster’s new nine-member board, except for its prexy and general director.

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