The revolution will be televised: the Italian communist party, public television broadcasting and the 'free television' experiment

Fantoni, G. ORCID: 0000-0002-6249-3993, 2022. The revolution will be televised: the Italian communist party, public television broadcasting and the 'free television' experiment. Contemporary European History. ISSN 0960-7773

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Abstract

It is a little-known fact that the Italian Communist Party invested vast financial resources in the establishment of a network of local television stations. By 1980, there were as many as twenty of these stations. This article examines how the PCI's ‘free television’ experiment developed within the context of private broadcasting in Italy, and why it was eventually abandoned. A discussion of some of the programmes produced by communist television stations, complemented by interviews with some of the experiment's protagonists, will frame the experience of communist broadcasting within the PCI's history and television policy.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Contemporary European History
Creators: Fantoni, G.
Publisher: Cambridge University Press (CUP)
Date: 21 March 2022
ISSN: 0960-7773
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1017/s0960777321000692DOI
1546490Other
Rights: Copyright © The Author(s), 2022. Published by Cambridge University Press.
Divisions: Schools > School of Arts and Humanities
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 18 Jul 2022 07:49
Last Modified: 18 Jul 2022 07:49
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/46610

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