Administrative elections, prime time between winners and losers. Eurispes-CoRiS News Observatory
Administrative elections: the 5 Stars disappear, the League chases Fratelli d’Italia, the PD is delighted
TV News from 4 to 8 October – The results of the local elections dominate the first part of the week’s news: openings for all, between Monday and Tuesday, with Tg4 and Tg La7 dedicating special editions to the counting of votes. When the results were consolidated, the newspapers drew a fairly faithful picture, although not without the usual partisanship. For the Mediaset Tg, the focus is on the collapse of the 5 Stelle, which brings the return of bipartisanship closer, while Tg4 praises the victory of Roberto Occhiuto in Calabria, talking about “a success for Berlusconi”. The centre-left’s victories in the main cities are instead the focus of Tg1 and Tg3’s narration. Everyone’s attention is focused on the capital, which sees Michetti and Gualtieri in the runoff, with Calenda’s positioning (interviewed by Tg2) that everyone is looking for.
Fanpage enquiry, Meloni “repudiates” nostalgics
In parallel with the commentary on the results, there are also enquiries that hit some centre-right personalities hard, with headlines and services for everyone, and particular attention for Tg La7. Tg1 and Tg3 are dedicated to the Fanpage investigation, which this week has been extended to the members of the Lega as well as MEP Fidanza of Fratelli d’Italia. Instead, Tg2 and Tg5 are rather restrained in their coverage, with the positions of both Matteo Salvini and Giorgia Meloni being prominent, who on Thursday reiterated that in her party “there is no room for racists and nostalgics”. The Tg4 television news is very aggressive about these investigations, with the mantra of timed justice, avoiding the latest developments in the Fanpage investigation on Friday and treating the affair as a shameful conspiracy that involved the Lega member Luca Morisi.
Nobel Prize to Parisi to create more funds for research
The awarding of the Nobel Prize for Physics to the Italian Giorgio Parisi for his studies on complex systems is experienced by the news as an occasion of deep national pride, and on Tuesday it receives the opening of Tg3, Tg La7 and Tg2; the latter explores in its reports the history of the contributions given to science by Italians (covered on Wednesday by Tg5). In their reports, the RAI news channels take up Professor Parisi’s call, in which he hopes that his success will contribute to a concrete increase in investment in research.
Immigration: the numbers of landings overshadow those of Covid
The proposal by 12 EU countries to use European funds to erect new walls to combat immigration received the backing of all but Studio Aperto on Friday. With politics resuming its slogans on these issues, the immigration figures in Europe and Italy are back in the prime time reports. Other ‘numbers’, like Covid data, are substantially absent from the programme schedules this week. Studio Aperto dedicates its opening on Friday to an interesting analysis of the referendum on euthanasia, which has collected an exceptional number of signatures that may encourage the Parliament to legislate on the subject.
Finally, Wednesday’s Tg2 report is interesting in its in-depth analysis of the addiction produced by social networks, which in some circumstances is as harmful as smoking.