The RAI is breeding like rabbits


The RAI is not subject to political interference. That needs saying. It is however a family environment of sons, fathers, cousins, and in-laws. It’s impermeable to the parties. It’s an indestructible block of relations who survive any government. With marriages arranged from birth between the sons of the heads of section and programme-makers. A natural defence to political interference and to free information. A reaffirmation of family values and a job with the State.

The list I’m publishing has been on the internet for some time. It’s likely to be incomplete and not completely up to date. It’s likely that between friendly relations and couples among the roughly 11,000 employees of the Group inside and outside the structure, the number of sons of nephews (or grandsons) and of in-laws is likely to have proliferated. A bit like the happenings in a rabbit hutch.

Sons and Daughters (f):
Tinni Andreatta, Head of fiction, Raiuno, (f) of the former DC minister, Beniamino. Natalia Augias, Gr, (f) of journalist and writer Corrado. Gianfranco Agus, correspondent, (f) of the actor Gianni. Roberto Averardi, Gr, (f) of Giuseppe, former Psdi parliamentarian. Francesca Barzini, Tg3, (f) of the writer and journalist Luigi junior. Bianca Berlinguer, Tg3 news presenter, (f) of Enrico, secretary of the Pci. Barbara Boncompagni, author, (f) of Gianni. Claudio Cappon, Director General, (f) of Giorgio, former Director General of Imi. Antonio De Martino, Gr, (f) of former socialist Minister Francesco. Antonio Di Bella, Director Tg3, (f) of Franco, ex Director of "Corriere della Sera". Claudio Donat-Cattin, Head of Raiuno, (f) of the Christian Democrat Minister Carlo. Jessica Japino, programme director of "Carramba", (f) of Sergio. Giancarlo Leone, CEO of Rai Cinema and Head of Divisione Uno, (f) of the former president of the Republic Giovanni. Marina Letta, working on a short-term contract, (f) of Gianni, undersecretary to the Presidency at Palazzo Chigi. Pietro Mancini, Gr, (f) of the socialist Giacomo. Maurizio Martinelli, Tg2, (f) of the journalist Roberto. Stefania Pennacchini, Institutional Relations in Rai, (f) of Erminio, former undersecretary Dc. Claudia Piga, Tg1, (f) of the former Minister dc, Franco. Francesco Pionati, political commentator with Tg1, (f) of former mayor of Avellino. Alessandra Rauti, redactor of Gr, (f) of Pino, secretary of Movimento Sociale-Fiamma Tricolore.
Silvia Ronchey, author and programme presenter, (f) of Alberto, former Minister of Ulivo and former president of Rcs. Paolo Ruffini, Director Gr, nephew of the cardinal and (f) of Attilio, former parliamentarian and Minister dc. Sara Scalia, Head of Raidue, (f) of the journalist Miriam Mafai. Maurizio Scelba, Tg1, (f) of Tanino, former spokesperson for the President of the Republic Oscar Luigi Scalfaro. Mariano Squillante, former correspondent in London, then at RaiNews 24, (f) of the former judge Renato. Giovanna Tatò, Raitre, (f) of Tonino, adviser to Enrico Berlinguer. Carlotta Tedeschi, Gr, (f) of Mario, Msi senator. Daniel Toaff, Head and author of ‘Vita in diretta’, (f) of the former Rabbi of Rome, Elio. Stefano Vicario, producer of Giorgio Panariello, (f) of the cinema producer Marco. Stefano Ziantoni Tg1 (f) of the former DC president of the Province of Rome Violenzio. Rossella Alimenti, Tg1, (f) of Dante, Vatican reporter for Rai. Paola Bernabei, Press Office, (f) of the former Director General of the Rai, Ettore, owner of the production company, Lux. Giovanna Botteri, Tg3, (f) of Guido, former Director of Rai Trieste. Manuela De Luca, Tg1 presenter, (f) of Willy, ex Director General Rai. Giampiero Di Schiena, Tg1, (f) of Luca, ex Director dc del Tg3. Annalisa Guglielmi, Rai in Milan, (f) of Angelo Guglielmi, former Director of Raitre. Piero Marrazzo, presenter of ‘Mi manda Raitre’, (f) of the late journalist Giò. Simonetta Martellini, Raiuno, (f) of Nando, sports commentator on the radio. Luca Milano, in the contracts office, (f) of Emanuele, former Tg1 Director and former deputy Director General. Barbara Modesti, Tg1, (f) of the announcer Gabriella Farinon and of the Rai producer Dore. Monica Petacco, Tg2, (f) of Arrigo, historian and consultant with Rai. Andrea Rispoli, Raidue, (f) of the presenter Luciano, formerly with Rai. Fiammetta Rossi, Tg3, (f) of Nerino, former Director of Gr2, and wife of the former secretary of Usigrai, Giorgio Balzoni, head redactor of political news on Tg1. Cecilia Valmarana, (f) of Paolo, one of the fathers of cinema co-produced by the Rai, in the structure of RaiCinema. Paolo Zefferi, (f) of Ezio, journalist, and with Rainews 24.

Brothers (br) and sisters (s)
Angela Buttiglione, Director of Parliamentary Services, (s) of Rocco, secretary of the Cdu. Nicola Cariglia, working for Rai in Florence, (br) of Antonio, former secretary of the Psdi. Silvio Giulietti, operator with Rai in Venice, (br) of Giuseppe, man of Rai and Usigrai, former Ds Head of information. Max Gusberti, deputy to Stefano Munafò at Raifiction, (br) of Simona, Head of Raidue. Sandro Marini, Tg3, (br) of Franco, former secretary of the Ppi. Giampiero Raveggi, Head of Raiuno, (br) of Emilio Ravel (stage name) brains behind the programme "Odeon". Antonio Sottile, programme director of "Linea Verde'', (br) of Salvo, spokesperson for Gianfranco Fini. Maria Zanda, Head of the secretariat of Roberto Zaccaria, (s) of Luigi, former Head of the Agenzia del Giubileo.

Husbands and wives (sp)
Milva Andriolli, with Rai in Venice, the former (sp) of Silvio Giulietti, brother of Giuseppe. Anna Maria Callini, director of the secretariat of Raidue, (sp) of Gianfranco Comanducci, deputy Director of the Divisione Uno. Roberta Carlotto, Director Radiotre, (sp ) of the former Pci member Alfredo Reichlin. Sandra Cimarelli, scenery Raidue, (sp) of Franco Modugno, Director of buildings Rai. Antonella Del Prino, with "La vita in diretta", (sp) of the journalist Oscar Orefice. Simona Ercolani, author of Rai programmes, (sp) of the journalist Fabrizio Rondolino, former spokesperson for Massimo D'Alema. Paola Ferrari, presenter, (sp) of Marco De Benedetti. Anna Fraschetti, deputy to Bepi Nava the Head of the Press Office, (sp) of Mario Colangeli, vice Director Tg3 and sister of Luciano, reporter at the Quirinale with Tg3. Giovanna Genovese, partner of Sergio Silva, brains behind ‘Piovra’ and production person. Ginevra Giannetti, consultant with Rai International, (sp) of Altero Matteoli, An Minister of the Environment. Giuseppe Grandinetti, Gr, (sp) of the Green Senator Loredana De Petris. Francesca Manuti, producer of "Sereno variabile" of Raidue, (sp) of Paolo Carmignani, deputy Director of Raidue. Lucia Restivo, Head of Raidue, (sp) of Sergio Valzania, Director of Radiodue. Anna Scalfati, Tg1, programme presenter, (sp) of Giuseppe Sangiorgi, member of the Authority and former spokesperson for De Mita. Cristina Tarantelli, Parliamentary Services, (sp) of Carlo Brienza, RaiSport. Daniela Vergara, anchorwoman for Tg2, (sp) of presenter Luca Giurato.

Nephews, Nieces, grandchildren (n), in-laws (in) and various:
Ferdinando Andreatta, Director of Rai- Way, (n) of Nino. Guido Barendson, Tg2 presenter, (n) of Maurizio. Aldo Mancino, RaiWay director (n) of the former president of the Senate, Nicola. Giuseppe Saccà, (n) of Agostino, Director of Raiuno, in the orchestra of the Raiuno programme ‘Torno sabato-La lotteria'. Adriana Giannuzzi, office of authors’ rights, (in) of the former senator and former member of the Csm Ernesto Stajano and wife of the deputy Director of Divisione Due, Luigi Ferrari. Alfonso Marrazzo, Tg2, cousin of Piero. Marco Ravaglioli, Tg1, husband of Serena Andreotti, daughter of Giulio. Tommaso Ricci, Tg2, (in) of Angela and Rocco Buttiglione. Carlotta Riccio, producer, (in) of Claudio Cappon, Rai Director General. Luigi Rocchi, director of Business&development, son-in-law of Biagio Agnes. Laura Terzani, Tg3, daughter-in-law of Antonio Ghirelli

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we should rename it Raibbits

Posted by: Alberto Michieli | September 15, 2006 03:09 AM

Good day fellow farters, did you know we are the only ones who think we are smart?


Oh well


Posted by: Enrico Rossi | September 11, 2006 04:31 PM

Great minds think alike...!!! :o))
Your experiment shows things to be even worst...

Posted by: paola filinesi | September 11, 2006 01:18 PM

yes Paola, that was my proposal too! At the moment the system are already requesting name, surname and e-mail address, but there is not any mechanism to check both informations. I don't know why. I triyed to check it some time ago, putting another e-mail address instead my usual one, and my message was posted without problems!
Let's see what will happen...

Posted by: Raffaella Biferale | September 11, 2006 12:59 PM

I think a simple check between the name someone registers on the blog, for the first time, and his e-mail could be a start...
When we post messages is doesn't say "Nick name" or anything like says "First name and Surname" with an ASTERISK which would normally imply that there is a mechanism that checks when posting, if the name and the e-mail address correspond...
Now this obviously is not done, so before looking for some high tech solutions why don't they correct this simple malfunction...???
There is not always a need for going into such a deep thinking as to reach matters like freedom of speech etc...After all in this particular case it is not Freedom of Speech but rather Abuse of freedom of speech...

Posted by: paola filinesi | September 11, 2006 12:15 PM

Hi everybody!
About the blog moderation: nn the italian side, where di situation is even worse than here, we asked from a long time the staff to put a password on the blog, or at least a link between the name and the e-mail address,so that nobody could use other people's name to put his bullshit on the blog!
Obviuosly, there are many different opinions between the different users on the italian side: Somebody thinks for example that the introduction of a password or any other mechanism to prevent the "cloning" phenomenon, could have the unwelcome (for Beppe) effect to reduce the number of accesses on the blog. Somebody else thinks instead that the free admittance wihtout any filter or blocking means freedom of speech guarantee, and because of this we should accept it, even if it means to be disturbed from clones, trolls and others.
Personally I partially agree with this point, because I think that a part of deviancy is ineliminable and it's the price we must pay for freedom. I will never hope to have a blog without disturbs any kind, because that would mean a totally controlled blog.
But, in the same time I think that a password inside the blog, or other mechanism to prevent the cloning, would be very useful without to be a censorship any kind.
I hope that the blog's staff will finally hear our requests and do something!

Posted by: Raffaella Biferale | September 11, 2006 11:37 AM

Leone Cane Fifone,

"Se varda on sbaro de erba: se pol vardare anca na persona piena de merda." !!!

I hope you get "me drift"...

Posted by: paola filinesi | September 11, 2006 10:31 AM

no! he dindn't, he is playing game with me, how curios?!

Posted by: evakulnura | September 11, 2006 08:50 AM

the blog moderator,has axed my idea.

Posted by: evakulnura | September 11, 2006 08:48 AM

Paola, we can start our own blog,like a private club,we just let in people the one that want to contribute with their comments,and live out...... you know what.......

Posted by: evakulnura | September 11, 2006 08:46 AM

I wasn’t going to write any comments about this person/s who ever he/she might be because I think this is what he is after....
However, I believe that the blog's moderator is greatly responsible for what is happening on a blog.
I have looked yesterday and there are quite a few filters and systems that could be used to protect blog users from unpleasant situations.
The Italian section has turned into a big chatting room ...that is way I never signed the English section is jeopardized by stupid remarks and jokes in bad taste...
I cannot help it but wander, (as much as we value each other's company) how many of us will stay here and tolerate this situation???

Posted by: paola filinesi | September 11, 2006 08:19 AM

Enrico I think there are few people out there,that would be wery happy for this blog to fail,starting from the people on the above list,it might not be a juvenile idiot,farting,but somebody listed,or unlisted,that have grugde with beppe,it would be good if beppe start doing something about,to stop these pests.

Posted by: evakulnurae | September 11, 2006 07:53 AM idiot.......

Posted by: evakulnura | September 11, 2006 04:46 AM

Eva I agree. This kind of behaviour is typical of the immature juvenile. Couple this with the anonymity of an unsecured and un-moderated Blog and see what you get.

Posted by: Enrico Rossi | September 11, 2006 03:52 AM

There seems to be some lonly mommy's boy ,that doesn't konw what to do with himself.

Posted by: evakulnura | September 11, 2006 03:04 AM

You know, I see that this blog is updated almost everyday with new posts. A lot of work goes in it BUT very little attention is paid to retain identity.

I think if one signs up to post in the forum, there should be a method of having a unique user name and password. It exists with many blog sites and fora, so, my emphatic question, why not here???


Now, to continue with the topic... nepotism is a convenient weapon for politicians. It is the carrot to present to voters and prospective voters.

I have heard a friend of mine say that she and her family voted for a particular candidate during the elections so that her son and her son-in-law can both get a job. Naturally I questioned her intelligence - I can imagine how many promises were made for votes and I am sure the candidate in question cannot maintain his promises.

The strategy is very simple. Politicians wield voters' emotions. They pull the right strings and have the right words for every occasion. A whole lot of dirty mongering goes about. Beppe has showed us the list of the employees of RAI. I am sure the same can be said of many corporations, enterprises and banks, etc. Little wonder that Italy really IS suffering a brain-drain.

Now I am not saying that nepotism does not exist elsewhere but I still have to see it being carried out as OVERTLY as in Italy, and this is so sad. I mean, out of 55 million inhabitants, aren't there enough talented people in this country? Of course there are but I guess this is the situation in brief - take a fool, blind him and he will thank you.

Only the brave, the intelligent, the gutsy, the creative see the whole mess in the situation and decide to make decisive moves. Perhaps it is time to revolt!

Posted by: Joselle Camilleri [spraying Air Freshener] | September 11, 2006 12:33 AM

I saw it yet!
do you think is always our old "friend" Pippo Chennedi?

Posted by: Raffaella Biferale | September 10, 2006 11:23 PM

Sorry my friend I ment, Raffa...:o))

Posted by: paola filinesi | September 10, 2006 10:04 PM

go to the Feministic topic and then you'll see we need more than Prince's shroude mind..

Posted by: paola filinesi | September 10, 2006 10:01 PM

More than ever we need a password on this blog, to prevent this hateful cloning!
PS) Prince, we need you yet! are you riding along the lonely planes of Ohio?
Come back, and say one of your famous comments! ;))))))))))))

Posted by: Raffaella Biferale | September 10, 2006 08:47 PM

Prince: I don't attach too much importance to the birthplace, but I think everyone is free to choose the best country in the world to live, according to the own whishes and expectations. We are all world-citizens, who should criticize you?

Posted by: Raffaella Biferale | September 10, 2006 05:41 PM

Eva, you are lucky twice.

First, because you are out of there

Second, you live in Australia.

And, if now somebody will criticize us for leaving our country, I really don't care about their comments: I'm happy where I am, I still feel Italian and I love my country.

Posted by: Giovanni Principe | September 10, 2006 03:59 PM

I can just say one thing,I am glad I am out of there!!

Posted by: evakulnura | September 9, 2006 11:16 PM

Enrico, you are right! The nepostism is embedded in the Italian psyche, and that's the problem!
In other countries it's not the same, look at Germany, for example, you can find nepostism as well in many fields of society but not so widerspread and above all, not so deep-seated as in italian's minds, Italians (obviously, I'm talking about the "average" italian)are thinking automatically nepotistic, even if they are simply going out for dinner or for shopping. How many time have you heard words like this " Go there, because I know somebody who will handle you. with kid gloves"? Or, even worse: " you don't know who I am!"?
I don't know how many time I heard those words!
The big nepotism is fruit of this widerspread, deep-seated little nepotism, and its roots are so old (as I said, it was a great problem even in ancient Rom)that the most people are taking it for granted, without thinking too much.

Posted by: Raffaella Biferale | September 9, 2006 08:04 PM

Yes Paola, some forms of nepotism are also to be found in other Countries, but Italy has institutionalized it. Italian nepotism is embedded in the Italian psyche to levels unimaginable in developed Countries. It's rotten, self-destructive and extremely hurtful to the economy and the fulfillment of human potential.

Posted by: Enrico Rossi | September 9, 2006 07:39 PM

I know Enrico,
I was only stretching that Nepotism; unfortunately, it's not just an Italian phenomenon....
It is practiced in Italy and most Mediterranean countries for political reasons and personal benefits.
This way most of these countries loose valuable people who could have contributed to their development.

Posted by: paola filinesi | September 9, 2006 07:20 PM

Sorry Paola, but Giovanni hit the nail on the head on this one. Many university educated professionals like myself have established themselves abroad only because of their merit and hard work. NO father, uncle, cleric or politician recommended us and we became successful because there was no nepotism to shut the door permanently on our faces. If Italy wasn’t the stinky cesspool that it is, we would have stayed home and contribute to the Italian economy and more Italians would populate Italian cities.

Posted by: Enrico Rossi | September 9, 2006 06:19 PM

It is often said that:
"The important thing is not what you know but who you know"...
Now that is old news and it has been a practice, as Raffa said, for hundreds of years..
It is not Italian or Roman or what ever, it is global...It was common practice in the Soviet Union, it was common practice with the Kennedys, it was common practice with the Ghandis and it is common practice in our every day life....It is part of our life/character and I think that only strict laws and very very honest people are able to avoid practicing it....

Posted by: paola filinesi | September 9, 2006 05:35 PM

Why do you think I'm here in US?

Because of this nepotism I had to leave.

I had to get my experience before getting too old and had my satisfactions without having to do with this class of "paraculati imbecilli" whose only thing they know is to stop anybody that could put their position in jeopardy.

Here in US I established myself and I'm happy with what I do because in my type of job counts only what you put on the table, not whose family you are from.

Nepotism is everywhere but in Italy, this thing is contributing to drive the country in the group of third world countries where Nepotism is king and is considered normal.

Go ahead like this dear "Paraculati"! You are doing a great job!

For lovers of conspiracy theories: in USA there are the Illuminati, in Italy we have the Paraculati.

Posted by: Giovanni Principe | September 9, 2006 05:20 PM

Hi Raff,what are you up to?!

Posted by: evakulnura | September 9, 2006 11:47 AM

Francy,for once you make sense ciao:-)

Posted by: evakulnura | September 9, 2006 11:44 AM

Francesco:Nepotism is older than 200 years, it was born in the ancient Rom!

Posted by: Raffaella Biferale | September 9, 2006 11:41 AM

Having publicly a documentation is important. Thanks a lot for that. However, I like to see the problems in whole, as the scientific method commands. Either the battle is global, or it is destined to fail. Localized battles can break some links, which are soon regenerated through the untouched links. Nepotism is not RAI, is largely Italy.

That said, I am persuaded that, as to our generation, fighting nepotism in Italy would usher in utopia. Whenever possible address your efforts elsewhere: in publishing a tale on the psychology of the pointing dog I found the doors closed in Italy because I am not in the lobby. I gained from that, finding the door open on the US top magazine Gray's Sporting Journal.

Escape is limited, however. I am not so much touched by RAI because I renounced to television from the beginning (simply I do not like the small screen, waiting what they pass, knowing that I am one of so may being managed, having so many books that I'll never have the time to read all), but I am deeply touched by nearly everything else, like you. At a time that the change of currency has impoverished the citizens to enrich a few, and the government is trying, albeit indirectly, to press more money out of these impoverished guys to fulfill the balance, I see the country enriching Microsoft. Apparently, this occurs with government's support, through any central and local branch. While other EC countries (see Spain, but not only) are moving to the more efficient, costless GNU-unix systems. Like I am at for scientific needs and to save money. Perhaps we should borrow some young ministers from Spain to combat nepotism and stop enriching software houses (which, very likely, it is the same).

It is a deeply pessimistic view, although I know to be just the contrary of a pessimist. Nepotism was born in the country when the country begun to be united. Read from Mario Puccioni's "Cacce e Cacciatori di Toscana" how a famous musician could get possession, through nepotism and against all laws, in the 19th century of a saracenic tower in Maremma. It will take generations to eradicate nepotism in the country.

Forget about that for the weekend. Have a nice weekend.

Posted by: Francesco Pietra | September 9, 2006 10:47 AM

Yes nepotism at is best, Enrico I share your sentiment about it.

Posted by: evakulnura | September 9, 2006 03:44 AM

RAI is giving new meaning to the word nepotism. Poor Italietta of the perpetual raccomandati! Whatever happened to merit, competition and fair play?
Fate schifo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Enrico Rossi | September 9, 2006 03:36 AM

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