Drama topper is at center of wire-tap storm

MILAN — The heads of Italo pubcaster RAI have vowed to sack the organization’s controversial drama chief Agostino Sacca.

The move by RAI’s director general Claudio Cappon and prexy Claudio Petruccioli follows weeks of speculation that Sacca, the exec at the center of the Silvio Berlusconi “jobs for starlets” phone-tap scandal, might be forced out.

Sacca clung on to his job by his finger nails during a vote by the pubcaster’s governing Consiglio di Amministrazione committee Wednesday evening, thanks to two vital abstentions, but his troubles may not have ended there.

Cappon said: “I won’t give in. I’ll stop his pay and ask him to get a job elsewhere.”

Sacca said he was the victim of a “Stalinist” vendetta.

The move against him follows publication of wire taps taken during the last Berlusconi government in which he is heard acquiescing to requests by the country’s premier and Mediaset owner to give jobs to starlets. The revelations led one political opponent to describe the prime minister as a “magnaccia” (pimp).

The splurge of published wire-tap conversations was the media’s attempt to spite Berlusconi as his government prepares to pass a law banning the use and publication of such evidence.

As a result of the wire taps, Berlusconi faces corruption charges from a Naples prosecutor concerning the influence he exerted over RAI.

Prosecutors are likely to be disappointed, however: later this month the Senate looks set to pass another law in which Italy’s four most senior official — including the premier — will be granted immunity from prosecution.

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