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Watchdog says RAI ignored rules on equal time


Rome, December 27 - State-owned television
broadcaster RAI ignored its own rules on pluralism by granting
former premier Silvio Berlusconi a disproportionate amount of
air time for his political campaign, a watchdog said Thursday.
RAI has rules on political pluralism, meaning all parties
should have fair coverage, but "the rules have been rejected for
reasons that I do not know," said Sergio Zavoli, president of
the parliamentary supervisory commission on RAI.
He hinted that Berlusconi could be expected to try to get
around the rules and added that he has asked RAI to comply with
the rules.
In its defence, the network said that it intends to give
other politicians and political parties more attention in the
run-up to the national elections set for the end of February.
"In the last few days, Silvio Berlusconi asked and was
granted space on a series of television and radio
transmissions", the broadcaster said in a statement.
Other political leaders will be "offered similar
communication space," promised RAI.
It and other Italian broadcasters are committed to offering
Italy's major political parties relatively equal visibility
under the so-called 'par condicio' or equal-time directive.
In a letter to Zavoli, RAI Director-General Luigi Gubitosi
said the network's directors have emphasized the importance of
ensuring diversity and balance in its information.
Berlusconi, who owns Italy's three biggest private
television networks, has been blitzing the airwaves recently as
he prepares to run for re-election in February.

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