RAI tosses exex, overhauls nets

Revamped structure includes five new departments

MILAN — Four months after its appointment, the new board of Italy’s pubcaster RAI announced Thursday the network structure has been revamped and most division heads have been replaced.

The decision, which had been expected, is the first step in a sweeping reorganization of the web that will include its partial privatization and stricter limits on the amount of advertising the web can air.

According to most observers, the shakeup hasn’t been influenced as much by the Italian government as in the past. Instead, many have noticed that several new exex have strong ties to the Catholic Church. Part of the explanation for this is that Rome will host a Jubilee year in 2000 that is already affecting Italy’s social, political and economic life.

RAI’s new structure includes the creation of five departments:

Dept. 1, which supervises Channel 1 and Channel 2, is for the time being in the hands of RAI general director Pierluigi Celli and will be assigned later.

Dept. 2 (Channel 3 and RAI International, which both will be without advertising) is headed by Giovanni Tantillo; Dept. 3 (Radio) will be run by Aldo Materia; Dept. 4 (internal production) by Bruno D’Aste; and Dept. 5 (transmission and digitalization) by Stefano Ceccotti.

Both the managing directors of RAI’s terrestrial Channels 1 and 3 have been replaced. Agostino Sacca is RAI 1’s new director, and Francesco Pinto is the new head of RAI 3, while Carlo Freccero has been left in charge of RAI 2.

Roberto Morrioni also remains managing director of RAI Intl.

Other significant changes include Giulio Borrelli’s appointment as news director of RAI 1 and Nuccio Fava moving into the same slot at RAI 3, but RAI 2 news director Clemente Mimun remains in his job.

Among top executives who were replaced is RAI veteran Giovanni Minoli, RAI 3 head and a well-known TV manager in the international industry, who will probably keep the responsibility of some news and documentary production.