Is Italy the new European engine? Eurispes – CoRiS Sapienza TV News Observatory Report

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The fourth wave, tension falls in the TV News

The news from November 29 to December 3 -The fight against the new variant Omicron is the main theme in primetime, covering 20 openings. Even if the numbers continue to worsen, with the increase in daily infected, victims (Wednesday above 100) and those in intensive care, the headlines show less alarm than the previous week, flanking in the services the images from the regions in yellow with reassuring interventions by politicians and experts and signs illustrating the record rises in third doses and green passes. Space for Minister Roberto Speranza on Tg5, while Tg3 collects Monday the intervention of the Minister Luciana Lamorgese and in the following days those of virologists Silvio Brusaferro and Fabrizio Pregliasco, the latter questioned on the opportunity for vaccinations for the range from 5 to 11 years (a very high topic also for Tg La7).

Italy, the new European engine?

To corroborate this attitude certainly contributes to the comparison with the European partners, forced by the fourth wave to impose new and hard lockdown and evaluate the compulsory vaccination hypothesis. Space for all Thursday, with openings of Tg1, Tg3 and Tg5, the words of Angela Merkel that in his last day as Federal Chancellor has recognised the successes of Italy in combating the pandemic, merits that, together with the positive forecasts of the OECD on the growth of our GDP, turn our Country, at least for a few days, into the new ” European engine “.

Tg5: space to no vax repentant people 

High attention remains towards the no vax and no green pass groups, with Tg4 denouncing the repeated threats against the infectious disease specialist Matteo Bassetti, and on Friday relaunching the closure of the denialist site “”, object of an investigation in the past months. Space in the headlines for Tg5 to the testimonies of some no vax “repentant” who, after being hospitalised for Covid, have changed their mind about the vaccine. TV News La7 also intervened on the subject on Friday, with Mentana, who, in the face of a survey that would reveal a high concentration of sceptics and conspiracists among the Italian population, underlined his willingness not to offer any space and any legitimacy to these groups.

Manoeuvre the TV News with a view to the amendment war 

The economic manoeuvre, with the meetings between the Government, parties and unions on investments and fiscal policies, occupies a good part of the political page. Many of the Mediaset and La7 TV news broadcasts include the intervention of Confindustria chairman Carlo Bonomi, who accuses the parties of using the 8 billion euro budget law to plant their own ” electoral flags” concerning the more than 3,000 amendments accompanying the financial bill. Wednesday’s edition of Tg4 should be mentioned on the subject of work, which opens with the complex case of the GKN workers in Campi Bisenzio and dedicates a second headline to the appeal of the mother of one of the victims of the ThyssenKrupp fire, 14 years after the anniversary.

Quirinale, Mediaset supports its “President”

The battle for the Quirinale regains space between Thursday and Friday in the news headlines due to the presentation of a constitutional bill that would cancel the possibility of re-election for the Head of State and that “upsets” the highest Colle. There are reports for all, while Tg4, right from the headlines, raises in several editions, through the interventions of Giorgia Meloni, the legitimacy of a “possible” candidacy of Silvio Berlusconi.

Regeni: the killers are in Cairo

The conclusions of the Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry, which confirm that Giulio Regeni’s killers are within the Egyptian institutions themselves, were taken up on Wednesday in RAI and Tg5 TV News headlines, with Studio Aperto dedicating the opening. The request to close the case against Luca Morisi, who was involved in an investigation into the sale and possession of drugs in September, was only covered in the headlines on Monday by Tg4, which once again spoke of a “piloted” investigation and a “smear tactic” against the former head of communications of the League.

US-Russian clash, only La7 News highlights the Ukrainian scenario

Limited space were given to foreign affairs unrelated to the pandemic. Despite the harsh exchanges between the US and Russia on Ukraine, with Minister Sergei Lavrov foreshadowing “nightmare scenarios” should Europe go along with America in a military escalation, La7 TV News only covers this issue. Friday’s Tg1 and Tg3 opened with the murder in New York of an Italian doctoral student at Columbia University.

Cyprus, the Pope’s appeals against hatred and barbed wire

The visit of Pope Francis to Cyprus, during which the Pontiff launched strong appeals for the reception of migrants and peace between peoples, is well monitored by RAI News but overall does not produce in-depth coverage of the situation on the island. Tg1, the new director Maggioni intervenes on Libya In Thursday’s edition, the new director of Tg1, Monica Maggioni, who from the studio, deals with two reports on the situation in Libya, analysing the scenarios of the Country in the light of the actions of the Turkish President Erdogan who exerts his influence with the presence of both military and soft power activities, such as cruise ships arrived at the port of Misurata. Harassment and Red Code, Mediaset for the defence of women Ample space in the Mediaset news this week – proposing a restyling of the editorial offices – to the discussion on the reform of the Red Code law, which sees the leading ministers of the executive engaged (headlines also for Tg3). Studio Aperto’s judgement was highly harsh, defining feminicides as a social scourge that “has the features of a civil war”. Studio Aperto also dedicated a report on Friday to the story of the journalist who was harassed live outside the stadium, collecting an intervention by the person concerned, who groups of web haters have targeted in recent days.

Gender issues, Tg1 investigates the frontiers of linguistic neutrality

The proposal for a vademecum with new guidelines for European Commission officials on internal communication, criticised by conservative parties as being too “politically correct”, stimulates the reactions of Tg4 and Tg La7 between Monday and Tuesday, both expressing negative opinions. Tg1 picks up on Tuesday the comment of the journalist Alessandro Barbano on the issues of “linguistic neutrality”.

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