Monica Giandotti: “At Linea Notte with a passion for news and a dream”

The journalist tells Adnkronos: “I don’t think I would ever do pure entertainment.” And of the movement against violence against women she says: “This time it won’t stop, thanks to Elena Cecchettin”

The new management of Tg3 Linea Notte with satisfactory results and the thrill of the unexpected, a dream in the top secret drawer and the belief that the movement against violence against women which awoke with the words of Elena Cecchettin “will not stop”. Monica Giandotti she told herself in an interview with Adnkronos, three months after the start of an unprecedented television season in terms of changes in schedules, which saw her land in the column that closes the day on Tg3, around midnight.

It must not have been easy to take up the baton of a long leadership like that of Maurizio Mannoni: “I tried not to think too much about this. I approached Linea Notte – explains the journalist – with great enthusiasm, with the best intentions. The format has basically remained what it was, it’s a great Tg3 brand and Rai3. Linea Notte lives on news and commentary on the day’s news, on breaking news updates. We are always ready to review the lineup if something happens in the last minutes, as it is also the last active window of the news before of the night. For those who do our job, this is always very stimulating, very electrifying. Then clearly I have my own conducting style, which the public has now learned to know and also seems to appreciate.”

A few weeks before the Christmas break, Monica Giandotti draws a positive assessment of this first part of the season: “The ratings are more or less in line with last year’s results with a Rai3 schedule which however has completely changed. Linea Notte is a program that also thrives on traction and therefore when we have strong traction we clearly do better. We are satisfied. Clearly there is still a lot to do and we will do our best to do better but we are not complaining at all about how this start to the season has gone.”

According to the presenter, the characteristics of ‘Linea Notte’ make it one of the programs they embody the purest spirit of public service: “Linea Notte is a news program, a team program that thrives on news and that enhances the great journalistic heritage of the public service. I think of the added value of being able to connect live with the correspondents from the main capitals, from Giovanna Botteri in Paris to Claudio Pagliara in New York, from Moscow to Istanbul, and with the envoys in theaters of war. But also to be able to draw on the great coverage of the territory made up of regional offices. This is one of the pillars that makes Rai a public service”.

This season has seen perhaps the biggest revolution in recent years in terms of programming, especially in the genre of in-depth information, with several changes in management at Rai and several farewells and transfers of former Rai hosts to other television groups. Did this make your debut at Linea Notte more frightening or did you feel in good company with so many changes taking place? “For me it was simply the beginning of a great new adventure. Rai’s top management will take stock of the big changes this season, both in the medium term and in the long term. I don’t go into the merits of corporate or personal choices. What I try to do is work to provide answers to the questions that the Rai3 audience expresses. For us the lighthouse is the public. The rest matters little,” she replies bluntly.

The extension of prime time programs even until 1 am is effectively making late evening disappear on some channels. What impact does this have on a program like yours that airs late at night? “We air more in the late evening than in the late evening but what I see is that when we have the answer that the public is looking for at the end of the day, the viewer moves on and comes to get it. In short, It doesn’t matter what time you broadcast, it matters what you saywhat type of offer do you propose to the public”.

You have been at Rai for about 10 years but you have already hosted several iconic public service programs: Agorà, Unomattina, Linea Notte. Do you have a dream in your drawer? “Yes I have it. But for the moment I’m keeping it superstitious for myself”, the journalist replies smiling.

Would you like to bring a format of your own invention to Rai? “Certain. I also worked on a project for a bit but it’s currently on hold. I come from reportage, from the Tg3 school and from Michele Santoro’s ‘Annozero’ school. I’d like to go back to doing something on that front but not only. Today it is difficult to invent something completely new but already reformulating and updating the approach to the genre would be a good thing. I have some ideas. We will see“.

You’ve already done infotainment: would you like to one day host a pure entertainment program instead? “I don’t know if I’m suited to that genre. At a certain point – he admits – one must also look in the mirror and know what he is capable of doing. I love entertainment very much and I am a person who loves to have fun. But I don’t know if I have what it takes to host an entertainment program. If I’ve never done it at 45, I don’t think it’s a coincidence. My passion is the living material of news“, points out.

You don’t have the dream, like all Italian presenters, of going on stage at least for one evening Ariston Theater during the Sanremo festival? “No. What for? Singing?”, he laughs. “I I love the Sanremo FestivalI love watching it from the sofa at home, I love doing listening groups with friends, I loved seeing it from inside the Ariston Theatre, because I was lucky enough to be able to do it for a year. But mine is a spectator’s passion.”

A final reflection concerns the events of recent weeks and the birth of what appears to be a broader and more decisive movement against violence against women: “I believe that Giulia Cecchettin’s sister, Elena, using very clear, very clear, even crude words, had a very strong and perhaps unprecedented impact. It generated a wave that it reawakened a movement that evidently existed but which now felt called to mobilize. And I don’t think this wave will stop“, he concludes.

by Antonella Nesi