The M5S is dissatisfied with the Rai appointments

The M5S is dissatisfied with the Rai appointments
The M5S is dissatisfied with the Rai appointments

The CEO of Rai, Carlo Fuortes, decided on Wednesday the appointments for the positions of directors and directors of the main newspapers of public television, that is, of the news and other journalistic sectors: the decision came after a tough clash between the various parties politicians interested in influencing the choice, which has extended almost to the deadline for the formulation of appointments.

In the end, an agreement was found, which however displeased one of the largest forces in parliament, the 5 Star Movement. Giuseppe Conte, the de facto leader of the Movement, said his party was excluded from the appointments and announced that the M5S would boycott the presence of its members on Rai broadcasts.

The appointments decided by Fuortes are not yet official: they are proposals that will be presented on Thursday evening to the Board of Directors (CDA) of Rai. The board gives an opinion on the appointments, which is not binding unless expressed by two thirds of its members. It is therefore difficult for the CDA to block the appointments decided by Fuortes together with the parties, even if in recent days some councilors have complained that they were not involved in the selection process.

Among the most important appointments is that of Monica Maggioni, former president of Rai, to TG1: it is the first time that a woman has directed the newspaper. Gennaro Sangiuliano, considered close to the League, will remain director of TG2, while TG3 will be directed by Simona Sala who, according to Republic, is “appreciated by both the PD and the 5S”. RaiSport will be directed by Alessandra De Stefano and the radio newspaper by Andrea Vianello, while Rainews will be directed by Paolo Petrecca who, always according to Republic, is a “personal friend of Giorgia Meloni”, the leader of the Brothers of Italy.

These decisions, which leave the M5S without a significant appointment, have provoked great criticism from Conte: “Fuortes does not free Rai from politics but has chosen to deprive a political force like the M5S”, said the leader of the Movement. adding that “the M5S will no longer make its voice heard on public service channels.” It means, in fact, that the exponents of the party will no longer participate in the talk shows and other broadcasts of Rai. It is unlikely that this threat will really be implemented, among other things because Conte’s control over his party is relatively weak.

The new Rai appointments are all internal, that is, made between people who are already part of the company, and not taken from outside. Despite this – and despite the repeated promises, even recently, to keep the influence of politics out of Rai – the appointments “appear to respond to partition logic”, as Usigrai, the RAI journalists union, wrote in a statement.

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