Broadcast journalists negotiating for more pay

ROME — A two-day strike by Italo radio and TV journalists that started Monday went largely unnoticed by locals.

Leading off pubcaster Rai Uno’s 8 p.m. TV TG1 newscast on Monday, the newsreader read from a prepared statement explaining the nation’s TV and radio reporters would continue with their work stoppage until Wednesday.

The reporter then launched into a seven-minute rundown of the day’s news, leading with former prime minister and medial mogul Silvio Berlusconi’s successful heart surgery.

The broadcast journalists are negotiating for more pay; their contract ends Jan. 31.

There have been a string of newspaper strikes this year as print journalists continue to work under a disputed contract.

As was the case with previous journalist strikes, Italians shifted to other media — mainly the Internet and newspapers — but some radio stations carried news updates and Rai’s TG1 said it will air again Tuesday night.

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