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A Fatal Attraction: Public Television and Politics in Italy

A Fatal Attraction: Public Television and Politics in Italy

by Cinzia Padovani, Giuseppe Richeri
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Cinzia Padovani takes an in-depth look at Italian public service broadcasting, covering its history, its role in Italian society, its relationship to the political party system, and its influence on cultural and linguistic unification in Italy. Tracing the history and development of Italian public television broadcaster Radiotelevisione Italiana (RAI) to the present, Padovani challenges traditional views by asserting that parties' "interference" in RAI has, at times, strengthened the role of public service broadcasting and that partisan journalism has even enhanced democratic potential.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780742519497
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 12/14/2004
Series: Critical Media Studies: Institutions, Politics, and Culture Series
Pages: 298
Product dimensions: 6.18(w) x 9.26(h) x 1.05(d)

About the Author

Cinzia Padovani is assistant professor of the political economy of the mass media in the School of Journalism at Southern Illinois University.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Foreword Chapter 2 Acknowledgments Chapter 3 Introduction: Public Service Broadcasting: The Party System and Democracy Chapter 4 1 Democracy in Italy (1945-2003) Chapter 5 2 RAI and the Party System (Part I) Chapter 6 3 RAI and the Party System (Part II) Chapter 7 4 Lottizzazione: A Normal Practice for Public Service Journalists Chapter 8 Conclusion: Political Power and the Media Chapter 9 Glossary Chapter 10 Bibliography

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