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The brightest spot in this sorry spectacle must be that of the conservative Berlusconi government at war with the Vatican!  Seems like an unalloyed good regardless of the outcome.  The next brightest spot has to be the increasing tension between the needs of PR and B's own needs with respect to his apparent senile satyriasis for which he seeks satisfaction and relief in the underage Italian nubility. This would seem to make him increasingly vulnerable to self destructive outbursts and actions.  "Whom the Gods would destroy..."

What, if any, is the coverage in Italy by TV signals not originating from Italy?  Saturday Night Live style skits in Italian from southern Switzerland or Austria might really set the old boy off.  Any prospect?

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Fri Aug 28th, 2009 at 11:02:56 PM EST
The RAI 3 channel broadcasts some interesting programs. It is an Indian reservation that owes its existence to accords made back in 1975 that allowed the left to have its own TV. It also has the function of proving that Italy is a democratic free society. Despite that, it is constantly under assault by the majority for its programs. RAI 3 does have some success as audience but is by no means on par with the strategic media outlets solidly in the hands of the rightwing. The constant pressure forces RAI 3 to very prudent in broadcasting news or resorting to satire. RAI 3 is accostumed to preventive censorship.

It is likely that RAI 3 will lose its independance in the next month. The government will likely appoint its own henchmen to key positions there as it has done this summer with all other strategic news outlets already firmly controlled.

In the past months the government has taken action through ad hominem laws and the cancellation of contracts against Murdoch's SKY network, ironically the only effectively independant TV channel in Italy. Murdoch never had a policy line that contrasted with the general brainless zeitgeist that characterizes the news medias controlled by Berlusconi. Despite its middle grounds policy Berlusconi has strongly criticized it and has recently launched the preposterous idea that much of his own sex scandal is a Rupert conspiracy.

There have been broadcasts from abroad in the past such as from Capodistria or Monte Carlo but these channels have never had effective shares. Further, Berlusconi could easily silence a channel not to his liking even if it were abroad, as he did throughout Italy. Berlusconi is an international entrepreneur with solid political and business relations throughout Europe and the Mediterranean. Italy is simply his feifdom.

by de Gondi (publiobestia aaaatttthotmaildaughtusual) on Sat Aug 29th, 2009 at 02:09:31 AM EST
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at least about Capodistria/Koper. If there's anything that characterises my countrymen on the coast, it is that they are very proud of the antifascist struggle before and during the Second World War and probably wouldn't take kindly to Berlusconi's interference.

The quality of the Capodistria broadcasts themselves, however, is a subject for another time.  

Iuris praecepta sunt haec: Honeste vivere, alterum non laedere, suum cuique tribuere. - Ulpian, Digestae

by Titus on Wed Sep 2nd, 2009 at 07:32:48 AM EST
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(... but what about the countrywomen's half?)  (;

(<Well, I'll be darned> Spellcheck discriminates  between 'countrymen'  and 'countrywomen'.  </damm>)

(Since I flunked seven years of Latin, through high school in my day, ---which ...prevented me from becoming the first catholic priestess of the 20th century---  would you mind translating your sig?)

Our knowledge has surpassed our wisdom. -Charu Saxena.

by metavision on Wed Sep 2nd, 2009 at 02:17:47 PM EST
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To live honestly, harming no one, giving each his own. - Ulpian

Iuris praecepta sunt haec: Honeste vivere, alterum non laedere, suum cuique tribuere. - Ulpian, Digestae
by Titus on Thu Sep 3rd, 2009 at 04:56:37 AM EST
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