TS News - RAISat 3 On The Air

TELE-satellit News, 17 October 1997

RAISat 3 On The Air
  ROME, Italy, 97/10/17 (TS) -- On October 13th, RAI's second thematic
satellite channel RaiSat3-Enciclopedia went on air. According to the
director in charge, Federico Scianò, the new channel has two roles. The
first is to be a "popular encyclopaedia" offering knowledge to a general
audience, but it will also try to offer additional material to viewers who
already have some sort of intellectual and cultural background. It will
initially broadcast 6 hours a day, with the programs repeated 4 times.

  Program highlights include magazines on communications and media,
interviews as well as documentaries. Saturdays and Sundays will be thematic
days, devoted to a single subject. In collaboration with the Ministry for
education, there will be 3 hours daily of programs requested by schools
which will be able to choose from a program archive of around 5,000 titles.

  From January, an additional two hours of live programming for schools
will be added to the schedule, covering subjects such as education,
culture, health, environment, and media.

  Besides material from RAI's huge archives, RaiSat 3 will also show lots
of original programming including a retrospective on the '900's, a program
about languages and artistic tendencies in our century. The RaiSat 3
channel is based in Naples and the budget for the first year
of operations is 15 million DEM. http://www.raieducational.rai.it

  By: Branislav Pekic
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