RAI strife spurs strike

Journalists, sportscasters go on one-day strike

ROME — RAI journalists and sportscasters went on a one-day strike Saturday in a protest against management at the Italo pubcaster, whose designated prexy, Andrea Monorchio, was rejected by Parliament earlier last week.

Monorchio, a politically neutral bureaucrat formerly chief administrator of the country’s finances, had been picked by the government to head RAI on May 31.

But Monorchio’s appointment was subsequently rejected by the parliamentary committee that oversees RAI, which has long been tangled in political wrangling. The three-channel pubcaster’s board was recently renewed after a year of bickering, but its prexy and general director posts remain vacant.

Claudio Petruccioli, a center-left pol who heads RAI’s parliamentary committee, is tipped to be the next candidate for the RAI presidency.

“Politicians have proved incapable of providing RAI with stable management,” RAI journalists lamented in a statement.

Besides the management crisis, the web’s sportscasters are up in arms over RAI’s defeat in a bidding war with Rupert Murdoch’s Sky Italia for the complete rights to World Cup 2006.

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