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RAI board member pair to resign in protest

Duo claim political bias of prexy Zaccaria

MILAN — Two directors of RAI will quit the board Thursday in protest over the alleged political bias of the pubcaster’s prexy, Roberto Zaccaria.

RAI board members Alberto Contri and Gianpiero Gamalero claim he is “clearly playing with one of the two political teams instead of being an impartial referee” in the run-up to the May 13 general election.

Zaccaria has refused to step down, calling their decision “unjustified from a business point of view.”

The pair allege the right-wing coalition led by media magnate Silvio Berlusconi, owner of Italy’s TV group Mediaset, is not fairly represented on RAI.

The new row comes days after the host of “Satyricon,” modeled on the “The Late Show With David Letterman,” interviewed the author of a book about alleged ties between Berlusconi and the Mafia.

Berlusconi’s demands for new rules to ban politicians from RAI shows before the May 13 vote fell on deaf ears. On Friday Parliament voted not to change the law on political representation on the pubcaster.

Berlusconi’s battle against RAI is not only political. In the last few months of continued attack against the pubcaster, his Mediaset channels have expanded their share and audience.

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