TS News - RAI Tre To Become Regional Network

TELE-satellit News, 21 February 1997

RAI Tre To Become Regional Network
  ROME, Italy, 97/02/21 (TS) -- According to the new Telecommunications
bill which is yet to be approved by the Italian Parliament, RAI's third TV
channel RAI Tre is set to become a regional network, loosely linked with
the state-run broadcaster. The administrative council of RAI has already
come up with a proposal of a national network with several daily regional
"opt-outs". According to this proposal, the new RAI Tre (provisionally
called Rete Territoriale) would be similar to the French regional
broadcaster France 3. It would be half-financed by license fee (around
1,200 billion lira) and will have around 2,500 employees.

  The tentative proposal is that the regional "opt-outs" in programming
will be between 06:00-08:30, 12:00-14:30, 19:00-20:00 and finally
22:30-24:00 hours. Regional studios in the 21 regions of Italy will prepare
local programs focusing on traffic news, weather and other information, but
there will also be talk-shows and current affairs programming devoted to
local matters. In comparison, the France 3 regional network has 3,500
employees while the German ARD regional network employs more than 24,000
people. The German model differs however since there are 12 independent
regional channels who exchange programs between themselves.

  By: Branislav Pekic

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