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Vet Minoli ankles Italo pubcaster RAI

TV exec may join Telepiu or Stream after fallout

MILAN — Giovanni Minoli, a veteran of Italy’s pubcaster RAI and one of the best-known personalities on Italian television, resigned abruptly from the network over the weekend.

According to several sources, he will not work for Italy’s leading commercial TV group, Mediaset, but will probably join a pay TV operator like Telepiu or Stream.

“After 25 years of passionate work as executive and author of programs, I decided to leave the company, as a consequence of proposals clearly unacceptable, which offended my dignity and my personal history,” he said.

The RAI board had asked Minoli, 54, to write and present an evening news show — the first offer the board made him since July 1998, when the network abruptly announced that it was disbanding the division for the production of low-budget series just created and headed by Minoli. He had already been replaced as director of RAI Channel 3, a position he had held since 1996.

Power struggle

The RAI board did not explain its decision last year, but TV industryites believed that the net’s new management wanted to limit Minoli’s huge power, which he built up in the years of the political dominance of the Socialist Party, to which he was strongly linked.

Minoli joined RAI in 1971 as program producer. He became a popular figure in 1980 when he created and hosted the news show “Mixer,” after which he produced several hits, including variety, talk and news shows.

In 1994 he launched Format, an independent division which produced journalistic inquiries and docus, aired daily by RAI Channel 2 in the evening.

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