The European Union at the centre of the information narrative. The Eurispes Tv News Observatory – CoRiS Sapienza

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Council of Europe, for Tg5 disappointing summit. Zan law, Vatican’s “foul” intervention? Draghi: “Italy a secular state”. Massimo Franco at Tg2: “Strong and unprecedented move”.


The news from 21 to 25 June – The European go-ahead for the Recovery Fund and the discussion around the topics of the eagerly awaited European Council put the Union at the centre of the headlines’ narrative, with 18 openings dedicated to meetings and summits. The climate is somewhat “effervescent”. Once again, the figure of Draghi is central, with his speeches both as President of the Council and as European leader conveying what appears to be a firm vision of the future. However, an initial crack was registered on Friday at the end of the European Council, with Tg5 on the cover describing the results of the meeting as “disappointing”, especially regarding the joint management of flows. At the same time, the other Mediaset broadcasts relaunched Meloni’s criticism of Draghi. Seeing the glass half full is Tg La7, which offers an in-depth analysis of its services on Friday. Moreover, if once again, the “numbers” of the migratory phenomenon remain in the background. In that case, however, several in-depth reports during the week, with Tg2 on Thursday analysing the Libyan dossier from the point of view of American involvement and talking about the detention centres for migrants.


There is great interest across the board in discussing the Zan law on the fight against homophobia, which has been back in the spotlight since Tuesday after the note from the Vatican Secretariat of State asking for the text to be reformulated (opening for Tg4 and Tg La7). On Wednesday, Prime Minister Draghi responded to this unusual intervention by reaffirming the secular nature of the State (5 times). The reaction of the most sided newspapers was immediate, with Tg4 already launching itself against “gender ideology” on Tuesday, giving space to commentator Guzzanti who, in an offhand editorial, described it as: “The new fascism, mental ‘squadrismo’ imposed with force and with intimidation”. Overshadowed by these excessive tones, the News Mediaset news programme failed, however, to concretely define the subject of the dispute, which was not even addressed on Friday in the interview with Vatican Secretary of State Parolin. Tg La7, which on Tuesday interviewed the promoter of the law, deputy Alessandro Zan. The analysis by Tg2 on Wednesday was also interesting, with Massimo Franco of the Corriere observing that the Vatican’s initiative is aimed, first and foremost, at recompacting the divided Catholic world and speaks of an “unprecedented and powerful move”.


It is always the “strange couple” Tg4 – Tg La7 to offer, from different perspectives, the most coverage of the new break in the 5 Stars, which recorded on Friday a Conte ready to leave the Movement and (perhaps) to found his own party. There is also widespread interest in the federative project underway in the centre-right, spurred on by Berlusconi. At the same time, the results of the PD (Democratic Party) primaries, which confirm good popular participation in Rome and Bologna, are better investigated by Tg3, which interviews former Prime Minister Prodi on Monday.


With Italy all in the white Covid grade, which from Monday 28 is preparing to put the outdoor masks in their pockets, the narrative about Covid focuses on concerns about the new Delta variant and the segments of the population that are not yet vaccinated. News Mediaset’s in-depth analysis of the 45,000 “no vax” doctors scattered throughout the country is fascinating, with Tg4 reporting in the studio on Friday on two of these “sceptics”, who are harshly contradicted by the other guests. Tg4 is also the only news outlet to focus on the trade unions’ concerns about the end of the redundancy freeze (Monday and Thursday openings, headlines for all the others), also inviting CGIL Secretary Landini to the studio. Also, on the Mediaset TV news, there is a renewed campaign against electric scooters, culminating on Friday in an editorial by Pierluigi Battista on Tg5, calling for more rules for these vehicles referring to some serious news episodes.


There was a strong involvement in the European football championship, which was substantiated not only by the attention for the Italian team but also by the reprisals on Brexit and the debate on rights and demonstrations against racism. Tg3 will be interviewing the writer Parrella on Friday regarding the national team’s decision not to kneel before the match against Austria. On Thursday, Tg3 was also dedicating the most touching coverage to Hong Kong, where the historic newspaper Apple Daily was recently forced to close by new laws imposed by Beijing (Tg2 and Tg La7 were also in the spotlight).

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