“It’s a journey that started off great, we filled a room with 400 seats in one working day and many are connected via streaming. We are very happy that at the christening of UniRai so many of us have joined”. This was stated to Adnkronos Francesco PaleseRainews journalist and new leader of UniRai, the new “open” association – as stated in the programmatic document, published on unirai.it – to all Rai journalistsfree from any ideological prejudice, far from political propaganda and firmly anchored to constitutional values”.
The association was presented this evening in Rome at the Due Pini Auditorium. “It was born as an association open to all -explains Palese- With the desire to intercept discontent among colleagues, which wants to be channeled into a correct idea, to provide a credible alternative”. The objective? “To break a monopoly of ideas”, says the RaiNews reporter. He is keen to underline: “For now it is not a real union, it is an open association. Then, if there is one, our members will ask for it, we don’t rule out becoming one.”
In addition to member of Usigrai Pluralism and Freedom, so far “we have registered around 300 members, and in a few days we will do the actual registrations”, says Palese. The journalist says: “Today here is all the Rai Supervisory Commission in full, demonstrating that we are not looking in a political direction, from Marco Rizzo to Augusta Montaruli, from Francesco Filini of Fratelli d’Italia to Maria Elena Boschi. No one can tell us that it was born under a specific political aegis.”
Leader of the new association, in addition to Palese, is Elisabetta Abbate of tg1. Also worth mentioning is the role of Incoronata Boccia, deputy director of TG1, former member of Usigrai and now point of reference for the new -future- union. Presenting the event was Francesco Giorgino, who read the greeting of Minister of Culture Gennaro Sangiuliano. Among those present were Angelo Mellone, Daytime director, Nicola Rao, Communications director, Alessandro Casarin, Tgr director, Paolo Petrecca, RaiNews director, Francesco Pionati, Gr director, Paolo Corsini, Insights director, Angela Mariella, Institutional Relations director, Jacopo Volpi, director RaiSport, with interventions by Claudio Pagliara, correspondent from New York and Davide Di Pietro, board member elected by the employees. Also Bruno Vespa wanted to speak, while in the audience we could see the director of TG1 Gian Marco Chiocci and the director of TG2 Antonio Preziosi.
This was then followed by a discussion on the theme ‘Rai, a heritage to be protected’. The debate was animated by Massimiliano Capitanio, Agcom commissioner, Augusta Montaruli, vice president of Rai Supervision, Maria Elena Boschi, vice president of Rai Supervision, with the Supervision commissioners: Francesco Filini (Brothers of Italy), Stefano Graziano (Democratic Party), Giorgio Maria Bergesio , (Lega), Dario Carotenuto (5 Star Movement), Maurizio Gasparri (Forza Italia), Michaela Biancofiore (We Moderates). A panel was dedicated to socially oriented journalism, while the evening ended with speeches from the promoters of the new association.