The flood in Germany hits prime time. The Eurispes Tv News Observatory – CoRiS Sapienza

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Maximum attention for the floods in Northern Europe. In the news, the “long wave” of the European Championship victory. For Tg5 the triumph of the Azzurri is worth more than a financial one. Pre-election fever is growing.

The news from July 12 to 16 – The week that began with the joy and celebrations for the victory of the Azzurri at the European football championships, with an en Plein of openings and ample coverage of all the newspapers for the Roman celebrations, closed with the dramatic images of the disaster that struck in the heart of Europe. The “Massacre in Germany” (Tg3), already dubbed “the flood of the century”, with the number of victims feared to be over a thousand, claims the lead on Thursday on RAI news and Tg5, followed on Friday by Studio Aperto and Tg5. The only exception is Tg4 which, concentrating on the political and pre-election side of the story, does not even mention it in the lineup.

Faced with this very serious disaster, which has hit Germany and Holland and Belgium, many newspapers are turning the spotlight back on the dangers of climate change, collecting the most diverse testimonies. For example, the Tg1 interview with a CNR executive analysing both the dangers of hydrogeological risk and energy efficiency strategies for Italy is worthy of note. Also on these topics, the climate package presented on Wednesday by the European Commission, in which the proposal to stop the sale of petrol and diesel cars from 2035 stands out, is the subject of attention for Tg3 and Tg La7, while, on Friday, Tg4 also deals with it, but from the point of view of the potential damage to Italian industries.

Returning to the national team’s victory, Tg5’s analysis is fascinating, quantifying the resounding success of the Azzurri also in economic terms, forecasting a positive influence for all Italian brands that could be worth a further growth of over half a point of GDP for the country.

In terms of politics, the coverage of the Zan bill against homo-transphobia, between Salvini’s announcements and the concerns expressed by Renzi (who will be interviewed by Tg5 on Thursday), has been on the agenda for two days (with openings for Tg3 and Tg La7), without however producing the slightest in-depth analysis of the contents of the debate, obscured by the noise of the courtroom. The primary stimulus for the newspapers came from the debate on the introduction of the green pass, with Tg5 offering the usual editorial by Luigi Battista on Friday. The visit of Prime Minister Draghi and Minister Cartabia to the prison of Santa Maria Capua Vetere – which in April 2020 was the scene of severe abuse of prisoners – receives the opening of Rai and Tg La7 on Wednesday, with Tg2 offering an exclusive interview with one of the agents involved in the violence.

For the rest, all the newspapers followed the typical trend of the incipient electoral campaign phases. Much space was given to the leader of Italia Viva. Renzi was even supported by Tg4, which, talking about the trial events involving him, evoked the image of “clockwork justice”. On the whole, there was limited interest in the internal appeasement of the 5 Stars (headlines for Tg1 and Tg La7), with the dinner at sea between Conte and Grillo. Berlusconi’s appeals for a united centre-right, concerning the choice of the candidate for the Milan mayoralty, were remarkably high on the Mediaset Tg. The presence of Giorgia Meloni is growing, with the 8 pm news on Friday reporting the anger of the leader of Fratelli d’Italia for the lack, in the newly appointed board of RAI, of a councillor in the opposition quota.

The apprehension over the spread of the pandemic inside and outside the country is back for some newspapers, with Tg4 continuing its campaign on the lack of security at airports. Furthermore, Tg La7 and Tg3 are the newspapers following developments of the Moise murder in Haiti most closely. The protests in Cuba attracted a great deal of attention, with Tg2 dedicating three headlines to them, openly discussing the “failure of the communist regime” and receiving a comment from journalist Gianni Riotta on Wednesday.

After a long absence, the figures of the migratory phenomenon returned on Wednesday in the prime time reports, with Tg3 and Studio Aperto dedicating a title to the increase in victims, also dealing with the reality of torture in Libyan centres.

The Tg Observatory concludes its 11th season with this analysis. Surveys will resume next September.



Luca Baldazzi


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