Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Berlusconi and Italian TV

This rientro (the period after the end of the summer vacation season) has been marked by conflict between the administration of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, who made most of his mega-money with the media (nice alliteration), and the remaining parts of Italian TV that are not seen as being in line with what the Italians like to call, somewhat melodramatically, the "regime."
Various roundabout but not entirely subtle ways have been employed to forestall or even eliminate popular and well-made programs on current events such as Michele Santoro's Annozero, Giovanni Floris' Ballaro', and Milena Gabanelli's Report. Now these are all good and important programs, and I advise those of you who want the real inside deal on the increasingly less Bel Paese to check 'em out online.

Of special interest to those practicing their Italian is the program by Milena Gabanelli (in the photo), Report, with a user-friendly site and full transcripts for the videos.