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Italian Television in the 1960s
Thursday, September 29TH, 2011 by ancos
At the beginning of the 1960s RAI introduced a new channel, RAI 2 (“due”), usually called "il secondo" or “the second one.” With the new channel the programs on offer doubled, even though both channels still didn’t broadcast twenty-four hours a day. The original channel was the home of the more expensive and successful programs, while cheaper productions and experimental shows were aired on the second channel. During this time Italy was also going through an economic boom that raised the economic standing of many families, thereby increasing buying power, which led to a steep increase in...
Italian Television
Thursday, September 29TH, 2011 by ancos
  Italian Television Like in North America and other parts of the industrialized world television in Italy has been a cultural phenomenon since its inception. Since the beginning of broadcasting on January 3rd, 1954, television has been a fundamental part of the public and private lives of Italians. At the time Filiberto Guala, the CEO of Italy's newly created public broadcasting company RAI, said that "television is the hearth of our times." Over the years those words have proved to be prophetic and absolutely true. In the early years broadcasting and television in Italy faced...
Pietro Taricone
Sunday, November 21TH, 2010 by admin
  Pietro Taricone and fiancee Kasia Smutniak While Pietro Taricone didn't win the first edition of "Big Brother," he won Italian hearts the moment he stepped on screen. The first edition of the Italian version of the "Big Brother"  hit the airwaves in 2000 and proposed a dramatic shift in TV broadcasting, probably second only to the advent of color. The show was the first of  all reality shows, and proposed the new tv concept of unscripted, non edited tv performances, where common people, not actors or anchormen became the centre of attention. The protagonists of  "Big Brother"' first...
Daria Bignardi
Sunday, November 21TH, 2010 by Glauco
  Daria Bignardi (photo from Wikipedia)What strikes the most about Daria Bignardi are her versatility and her incredibly young looks, despite the fact that she has been on Italian television for over two decades. She was able to move from hosting the number one edition of Big Brother to become a perfect interviewer, and has worked with all major networks. Over time, with hard work and a certain tough attitude that characterizes her, Daria was able to gain recognition and credibility in the eyes of general Italian public. Her interviewing style is, in all likeness, what made her so famous:...
Sabina Guzzanti
Wednesday, November 10TH, 2010 by admin
Sabina Guzzanti at Cannes for her movie DraquilaThe Guzzanti family has truly become a public affair within Italian society, as each member is somehow a public figure and is allowed to speak and appear pretty much at any condition they demand. Sabina is the daughter of Paolo, a prominent journalist and politician, who after many years of supporting Silvio Berlusconi, decided to leave the party. Paolo's political affiliation created a very interesting scenario, as Sabina built her entire career fighting against Berlusconi, attacking him directly with her acts, to the point of impersonating him...
Emilio Fede
Wednesday, November 03TH, 2010 by Glauco
Emilio Fede (Photo From striscialanotizia.mediaset.it ) The younger generations see Emilio Fede as an anchorman who is able to deviate from just telling the news. Nowadays, Fede is known more as a showman and comedian, than a journalist. The truth is, however, that Emilio Fede has a long history in journalism and is one of Italy’s newsmen with the lengthiest career. In the 1970s Fede, along with colleagues like Massimo Valentini, were predominant figures at Tg1 (or TeleGiornale 1, the news at  one of Italy’s state-run TV channels). A long run, alongside some of the best in the business at...
Beppe Grillo
Monday, November 01TH, 2010 by admin
Beppe Grillo on stageBeppe Grillo is one of the most recognized and probably most talented Italian stand up comedian. For almost 40 years he has entertained the Italian public through every media, and some of his most memorable performances  entered the history of Italian popular culture. Grillo represents the classical satirical actor: hedgy, often attacking the system, an attitude that led him to slowly transfer from comedy to politics, becoming a very important blogger and ideologist of a political movement.Old school comedy lovers remember Grillo in two memorable TV shows: "Te la do io l'...
Pippo Baudo
Tuesday, October 12TH, 2010 by ancos
From Left: Baudo, Bongiorno, Corrado, Tortora Pippo Baudo is one of the best known figures on Italian television.   The Early Years Baudo was always interested in show business and as a boy tried his hand in theater. Pippo gained a small amount of fame as a piano player and singer while he was in full-time education and in the late 1950s he was hired as a pianist and singer in the Moonlight Orchestra. Baudo made his television debut in 1959 with the Moonlight Orchestra during La Conchiglia d'Oro, a variety program hosted by Enzo Tortora. In the early 1960s he became a TV host presenting ...
Sandra Mondaini and Raimondo Vianello
Tuesday, September 28TH, 2010 by ancos
Raimondo Vianello and Sandra Mondaini at their Wedding (Photo from Wikipedia) When iconic Italian actress and showgirl Sandra Mondaini died on September 21, 2010, at age 79, the majority of Italians were saddened, but not many were surprised. Seeing Mondaini at the funeral of husband Raimondo Vianello, dead at 87 just five months earlier, it was clear how much of a toll the loss of her beloved had taken on the actress. The love and bond between the two proved too strong and the actress soon followed the husband she had met in 1958 and married in 1962. Most showbiz couples don't last, but...
Simona Ventura: An Interview with an Italian TV Icon
Wednesday, September 22TH, 2010 by ancos
Simona Ventura is an icon of Italian television who started out on Rai Uno's Domani Sposi with Giancarlo Magalli and translated her love of sport into a successful career as a correspondent during events like World Cup Italia '90 and the Barcelona Olympics. Ventura has participated in such popular shows as Domenica In, Quelli che il calcio..., the Sanremo Festival and L'Isola Dei Famosi. "I love the United States, I consider it the country of freedom, meritocracy and creativity," Ventura says, eyes shining when she speaks of her relationship with the U.S. Simona Ventura and Her Ex-Husband,...

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