Friday, September 29, 2006

Alexander Stille - Silvio's Shadow

There is but one lacuna in Alexander Stille's otherwise excellent piece 'Silvio's Shadow': it is not true that Berlusconi "occupied an incredible 50 percent of airtime on the state-owned newscasts". Data from the Italian communications watchdog show the figure for the three state-owned channels was closer to 20%. The quite remarkable figure of 50% of political coverage is, however, achieved, by TG4, the news bulletin on Berlusconi's Retequattro channel. (More information on these data can be found here.)

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