Eyes on the “chess game” between Conte and Renzi in prime time TV news

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The news from 25 to 29 January – The end of the Conte 2 government, with the resignation of the Prime Minister on Tuesday and the start of the consultations that culminated on Friday in the decision of the Head of State to entrust President Roberto Fico with an exploratory mandate, absorbs the week’s news in prime time, claiming almost all of the openings: 33 out of 35. In following the steps of a confrontation that involves the protagonists in a “chess game” – a metaphor of Tg4 – the newspapers closest to the Executive move forward with circumspection, while those aligned with the opposition raise the critical interventions of many columnists. On Wednesday, Tg2 asked Federico Monga of Il Mattino; on Thursday, Pietro Senaldi of Libero and on Friday Sandro Neri of Il Giorno. On Wednesday, Tg5 featured the director of La Nazione, Agnese Pini, and Verderami of Corriere, while Cerasa of Il Foglio, on Friday, commented on the appointment of Fico. Tg4 stands out above the rest, making its debut on Monday with Sallusti and gathering contributions from its usual guests (Cerasa, Fontana, Maglie and Sansonetti) and offering a couple of editorials. Tg La7, which in these hectic days is triumphant in terms of ratings, recording a 6% share for an average audience of more than 1.5 million, and which, in addition to the usual live broadcasts, proposed on Monday and Friday two polls on the “sentiment” of the voters of the various parties with regard to possible government scenarios. There was space everywhere for the statements of the oppositions, with the Mediaset and Tg2 news broadcasting on Wednesday the openness of Salvini to an “alternative parliamentary majority”, to settle down on Thursday on the line “centre-right government or vote”.

Relegated to the background by the government crisis, the chronicle of the contagion finds space from mid-edition for all, with references in the opening of Studio Aperto only. In the headlines, the battle in Europe for AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Moderna to guarantee supplies of the vaccine is very much in evidence, while the first positive signs emerge from the territories, with the easing of restrictions for many regions.

This week the Mediaset News pay great attention to issues that are linked to the historical battles of the 3 networks. Above all, the theme of justice, brought back to the centre by the opening of the judicial year, and the appeals for reform made by the President of the Supreme Court, Pietro Curzio. From Tuesday, numerous headlines and services go to the publication of the new book-interview by Alessandro Sallusti on the figure of Luca Palamara, which would lay bare the scourge of cronyism in the Italian Judiciary, with Tg5 interviewing both the author and the former president of the ANM. Still on the subject of justice, the Gregoretti case, with the new hearing on Thursday, is also in the headlines for Studio Aperto and Tg4, with reports on Conte’s statements, according to which Salvini’s action would have been “in line with government policy”. Satisfied with the admission, Tg4 let slip: “…the political and health crisis do not stop the judges in the Gregoretti case” … Why, we wonder, should they stop?

On the immigration front, on Monday, the landing of 492 migrants in Messina only features at the end of the edition for Tg2. Space on Tg3 for social sensitivities, with a headline, on Thursday, on the protests in Poland against the law that has once again banned abortion, while on Friday the Lgbt community’s appeal to close the legislative gap on children born abroad through assisted fertilization and other forms of surrogacy.

Lastly, Tg5 is quick to revive the controversy between RAI and Minister Dario Franceschini over the presence of the public at the Sanremo Festival, going so far as to ask in Thursday’s headlines: “But between the pandemic, a disastrous economy and a government crisis, is Sanremo really a priority?”. Considering that Sanremo has been and continues to be one of RAI’s most watched programmes, it seems that the Mediaset flagship may not be expressing disinterested evaluations in this case.

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