In an article written by Carmelo Caruso for “il Foglio,” it is revealed that Giuseppe Conte, the former Italian Prime Minister, has a strong influence over Rai (the Italian public broadcasting company). Conte seems to be in control of Rai1, where he enjoys a luxurious lifestyle, Rai2, where he dances the Tango, and Rai3, where he has his own Loft. It is clear that Rai is sincerely his domain, so why should he protest against Meloni? While it may be too early to say that he will form a government, for now, dominating the programming schedule is sufficient.
Conte's power and influence can also be seen in the personnel appointments at Rai. For instance, Peter Gomez, co-director of “il Fatto,” has made his debut on Rai3 with his show “La Confessione,” produced by Loft, a company owned by “il Fatto.” This appointment speaks volumes about the influence of Conte and his connections to the Five Star Movement (M5s).
Even in the highly-acclaimed Sanremo Music Festival, a senator from the M5s, Barbara Floridia, who chairs the Rai Supervisory Commission, was seated in the front row. In the board of directors, Conte can be said to have a vote and a half. One vote belongs to Alessandro di Majo, who represents the M5s, and the half-vote belongs to Davide Di Pietro, the advisor for Rai employees.
The article then goes on to highlight the numerous directors and hosts at Rai who have ties to the M5s. From Annalisa, a singer who questioned Conte about the truth, to various directors and vice directors at Rai Parlamento and Rai News, it is clear that Conte's influence extends far and wide within the network.
The article also draws attention to the differences between left-wing and right-wing affiliations at Rai. Paolo Corsini, director of Rai Approfondimento, is openly affiliated with the right-wing party Fratelli d'Italia (FdI). In contrast, members of the M5s prefer to use the term “area” to describe their affiliations, which sounds more sophisticated. For example, Simona Sala, the director of Radio 2, is considered to be from the “area” of the M5s, along with Francesco De Vitis and Alberto Matano.
Alberto Matano, who hosts “La vita in diretta” on Rai1, has achieved excellent results, combined with the M5s's support, leading to his appointment as vice director of the network. Bruno Luvera, an expert in literature, also contributes to the M5s's influence by hosting a talk show on Rai2 called “Tango.”
The article further reveals the power plays and negotiations that took place in the appointment of directors. Claudia Mazzola, who managed to secure the presidency of Rai Com, also secured the position of director of Rai Cinema and TV Series for Adriano de Majo, another member of the M5s. This demonstrates the extensive reach of Conte and the M5s within Rai.
In conclusion, the article claims that the M5s's idea that the Democratic Party (PD) has always influenced appointments at Rai is misguided. In fact, Conte has more influence and control over the network than the PD. It is suggested that Conte could potentially bring down Meloni with the support of Salvini, or he could even form a government with Meloni without Salvini. The article ends with a quote from a PD deputy stating that Rai is genuinely controlled by Conte.