Optimism and new starts dominate prime time. TV News Eurispes – CoRiS Sapienza Observatory Report

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Information focuses on the restart. Mediaset rides on the theme of justice. Indignation over Brusca: Mentana against “the hypocrisy of politics”.

The TV News from May 31 to June 4 – The figures of the pandemic, which for months have marked the evenings of information, in the week almost disappear from the lineup, replaced by the numbers of white regions, those on the age of the vaccine groups and the numerical limits of the diners allowed in and out of restaurants. Studio Aperto, on Friday, underlines the downward trend, with the number of victims for days steadily below 100. The general climate of satisfaction was also boosted by the celebrations for the 2nd of June, which had 10 openings between Tuesday and Wednesday, and by the favourable remarks of the International Monetary Fund on the GDP trend, which in the past had “never been kind to Italy” (Tg La7). Ample space was given to the new hiring decree, to which numerous openings were made on Friday.

The Mediaset TV news has been very active during the week on the subject of justice – at the centre of attention is the relaunch of the Radicals’ referendum supported by the League – with good coverage and in-depth analysis. To galvanize the headlines is, however, the “great return of Berlusconi” (Wednesday), with Tg4 dedicating the opening of the edition of June 2 to the letter of the leader of Forza Italia to Il Foglio. Titles also for Tg 5, while Tg Rai and La7 document the difficulties that have emerged in the Centre-Right both in finding a synthesis for the administrative elections and with regard to the federation project announced on Friday. Numerous headlines and reports on Tg4 dedicated this week to the difficulties manifested by the Raggi administration. There was no reference in the Mediaset news programme to the sentences passed on Lega Nord administrators in connection with the Lombardia Film Commission affair.

The harsh sentence on the ex-Ilva gets Monday openings for RAI news and headlines for all, but there are no particular in-depth services. Much more attention was paid to the release from prison of the Mafia mass murderer Giovanni Brusca, who was featured on Tg4, Tg3 and Tg La7 on Tuesday. The Mediaset newspapers have given ample space to the bitter and indignant remarks of the victims’ relatives, including those of the widow Montinari, wife of the head of Judge Falcone’s security staff. Commenting on the reactions aroused by the affair, Mentana points out that, although Brusca remains an “unclean figure”, it was also “thanks to people like him that Cosa Nostra was defeated”. The Director also criticises the indignant reactions of the politicians, speaking of a “fake surprise” and an “act of collective hypocrisy”.

The interest in the Stresa massacre remains high, and on Monday the headlines also include criticism of the Verbania public prosecutor’s office for releasing two of the three suspects. Tg4 proposes in the headlines on Wednesday a reflection on the “gruesome tourism” that has arisen around this tragedy, but without recognizing how much just the coverage of the headings of News Mediaset (which during the week devotes 3 openings) have contributed and continue to feed this trend. As in the previous week, Tg2 and Tg3 continued to focus on the story of Saman, the Pakistani girl who disappeared in the province of Reggio Emilia and who is believed to have been killed by family members for refusing an arranged marriage.

Some in-depth reports by Tg5 and Tg La7 on Thursday are worth mentioning. Mimun’s programme focuses on the physical and psychological effects produced by Dad on Italian students. Tg La7 focuses on the decision of the Danish Parliament to establish reception centres for asylum seekers outside the European borders: an initiative that risks seriously undermining the entire asylum system of the Union. Interesting is also the report of Tg4 on the racket of waste managed in a Roma camp in the capital, put in relation with the dysfunctions in the collection by Ama, the company dependent on the municipality.

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