Italian public broadcaster accused of bias ahead of elections

Rai journalists strike calling for independent PSM as government is accused of turning Rai into a mouthpiece ahead of the EU elections.

Protests against Rai following festival broadcast

Protests against Rai erupted after the broadcaster distanced itself from comments about Israel and Gaza, at a festival it was broadcasting.

Pressure on Rai continues with licence fee cut

Italian public media Rai to face dramatic cut to its funding after the Italian Council of Ministers announced in its new budget for 2024.

Two people sat at a desk with computers on it.

How RSI’s youth platform, Spam, reaches their audience

RSI launched Spam in 2016 to reach younger audiences. But over the 7 years they have been around, they have had to adapt. 

Exterior shot of Rai headquarters with Rai logo.

Rai CEO resigns sparking fears of political interference

“A political clash has erupted over the position I hold ... which contributes to weakening Rai," said Rai’s CEO, Carlo Fuortes.

Press Freedom

Threats to journalists growing across Europe

The brazen attack on a renowned Dutch journalist took place amid rising threats towards journalists across Europe. But while there has been an increase in physical violence, journalists also face legislative challenges to their work.

France

European PSBs make moves to compete with streaming services

New collaborations emerge as public broadcasters face up to challenge posed by online and OTT TV competitors.

Focus on PSM | Italy

The new year will bring both challenges and promises of innovation for the Italian broadcaster Radio Televisione Italiana (RAI).

RAI urged to renovate and relaunch after rejecting editorial plan

RAI's board of directors have rejected a new editorial plan, leading to the resignation of the Head Editor and the potential to lower ratings amid growing criticism.

Changes to Italian TV license measure ‘better than expected’

Since early 2016, Italians have been paying combined TV licence fees and electricity bills in a bid to reduce tax evasion. Did it work?