Sacca makes dramatic escape

RAI chiefs fail to ax fiction boss

Beleaguered RAI fiction boss Agostino Sacca survived another attempt to get rid of him late Wednesday as center-right supporters walked out of a crucial vote.

As a result, the high-level committee meeting of the Italo pubcaster did not have a quorum and director general Claudio Cappon’s plan to ax Sacca, who is at the center of the Silvio Berlusconi/RAI-jobs-for-starlets corruption spat, failed.

Last week, after another tense meeting in which Sacca narrowly escaped with his job, Cappon publicly vowed to oust his fiction chief.

Cappon also accuses Sacca of collaborating with RAI rival Mediaset on behalf of Pegasus, a production company with which the RAI fiction chief has links. Sacca, however, says he is the victim of a “Stalinist” campaign.

On Tuesday, Cappon, supported by center-left allies including RAI prexy Claudio Petruccioli, was advocating Sacca’s replacement with RAI Uno director Fabrizio del Noce.

In both Wednesday’s and last week’s meetings, Sacca — who is close to the country’s prime minister and Mediaset controller Berlusconi — was saved by center-right executives, indicating that the pubcaster is, more than ever, split by political infighting.

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