Knowledge Identifier: &RAI



Italys national public broadcasting company, owned by the Ministry of Economy and Finance add

Category: Business (999)

Founded in 1954.

Countries: Italy (70%), (9%), United States (5%)

Main connections: Mario Lanfranchi, La Scala, Silvio Berlusconi

Linked to: Mediaset, Marconi Company, BBC, Rai




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Mario Lanfranchi - A little before the start in the directing of opera, RAI in 1955 had assigned him the first live television transmissions directly from the world championship event at the Vigorelli Cycle-racing Stadium of Milan, and the start of Giro d'Italia race


Ennio Morricone - In 1956, Morricone started to support his family by playing in a jazz band and arranging pop songs for the Italian broadcasting service RAI


Demetrio Volcic - In 1956, he moved to Rome, where he worked for the Italian national broadcast RAI


Ennio Morricone - He was hired by RAI in 1958, but quit his job on his first day at work when he was told that broadcasting of music composed by employees was forbidden by a company rule


I Capuleti e i Montecchi - In 1958 it was broadcast live by RAI from Rome, conducted by Lorin Maazel, with Fiorenza Cossotto and Antonietta Pastori in the main roles


Anna Reynolds (singer) - Reynolds recorded in 1958 Bach's "Magnificat" and "Actus Tragicus" with Hermann Scherchen conducting Orchestra Sinfonica e Coro di Milano della RAI


Mario Lanfranchi - After having "fled" from RAI in 1960 and his move to Rome, along with his crisis of rejection from opera productions and the like, he restored his strength in the theatre, supervising for television, from outside, a series of adaptations and dramatic directing projects and the first cycle of "The Anna Moffo Show"


Roman Vlad - As well, he was the president of the Italian Society for Contemporary Music in 1960 and musical consultant for the third RAI national radio and television network


Mario Lanfranchi - At the start of the 1960s, after leaving RAI, he moved to Rome, the cultural capital but a more central location geographically and certainly more convenient for frequent moves, both his own and Moffo's, within Italy and abroad


Demetrio Volcic - He rose to prominence in the late 1960s and early 1970s as foreign correspondent for the Italian television RAI


Paola Pitagora - In 1960 she debuted as a RAI TV-hostess of variety and infortaintment programs


Virgilio Tosi - In the 1960s, he started cooperating with RAI, the Italian national public television network, for a number of television programmes


Liliana Cavani - Her professional career thus began making documentaries for RAI between 1961 and


Orson Welles - In 1961 Welles directed In the Land of Don Quixote, a series of eight half-hour episodes for the Italian television network RAI. Similar to the Around the World with Orson Welles series, they presented travelogues of Spain and included Welles's wife, Paola, and their daughter, Beatrice.


Liliana Cavani - While attending film school, Cavani won a competition at RAI, Italy's national television network, and took a job there as a director of historical documentaries in 1961


Rai 2, that has broadcast since November 4, 1961 as the "Secondo Programma", has in recent years lacked clear focus, but now attempts to focus on a slightly younger audience than Rai 1 add something


Dario Fo - In 1962, Fo wrote and directed a game show, "Canzonissima", for RAI. He used the show to depict the lives of ordinary people and it was a great success


Margherita Rinaldi - She sang a wide variety of roles for RAI between 1963 and 1975, such as Bertha in "Le Prophète", Cleopatra in "Giulio Cesare", Ginevra in "Ariodante", and Noraime in "Les Abencérages"


Primo Levi - In 1964 he collaborated on a radio play based upon "If This Is a Man" with the state broadcaster RAI, and in 1966 with a theatre production


Mina (singer) - As her record sales were unaffected and audiences demanded to see Mina on the air, RAI was forced to end the ban and let Mina return to television on 10 January 1964


Pierre Monteux - In April 1964 Monteux conducted his last concert, which was in Milan with the orchestra of &Radiotelevisione_italiana


Giulia Recli - In 1965 a concert of her work and three other female composers was performed in Rome at an RAI symphony concert


Mario Lanfranchi - But right after that, in 1966, RAI signed a contract for the new concept of the short films of TuttoTotò, inaugurated for the first time a custom of external contracting that is today very common


Adalberto Maria Merli - Born in Rome, Merli had his breakout role in the 1968 RAI television series "La freccia nera"


Gianni Bonagura - In cinema and television, he was only used as a character actor, with the exception of the role of Dr. Watson in the 1968 RAI television series "Sherlock Holmes"


Louis Armstrong - In February 1968, he appeared with Lara Saint Paul on the Italian RAI television channel where he performed "Grassa e Bella," a track he sang in Italian for the Italian market and C.D.I. label.


Sylvie Vartan - For nine Saturday nights in winter of 1969, Vartan starred in the "Doppia coppia" variety nights of RAI, performing her hits "Irrésistiblement" and "Le jour qui vient" in Italian


Gloria (opera) - The 1969 RAI radio broadcast conducted by Fernando Previtali was released in a remastered version by Bongiovanni Records in 2005


Giuseppe Bennati - For RAI in 1970 he directed TV-movie "BattleToads" with Nanni Loy


Pino Calvi - He became popular in the 1970s for his participation in some RAI TV programs, such as "Senza Rete" in Naples, when he was a polite Maestro


Raimondo Vianello - In the 1970s he returned to RAI with a series of Saturday shows which made him and Mondaini extremely popular as hosts and authors of sketches


The Clowns (film) - It was made for TV, the Italian station & RAI with an agreement that it would be released simultaneously on TV and as a cinema feature; RAI and co-producer Leone Film compromised on its release, with RAI broadcasting it on Christmas Day, 1970, and Leone Film releasing it theatrically in Italy the following day, December 26, 1970


Paolo Grassi - From 1972 to 1977, he was superintendent of La Scala, while from 1977 to 1980, he was president of RAI


Ernesto Palacio - He began his vocal studies in Milan, and after winning first prize in the "Voci Nuovi Rossiniane" competition organized by RAI in 1972, he made his debut on radio as Lindoro in "L'italiana in Algeri"


Massimo Mollica - His breakout role was Don Vito Cascio Ferro in the 1972 RAI television series "Joe Petrosino"


Mina (singer) - Mina's comeback took place at RAI's variety series "Teatro 10" in spring 1972


Giacomo Battiato - Born in Verona, starting career in 1973 on Italian RAI TV and ten years later started in cinema with "I paladini"


Anacreon (Cherubini) - The complete opera was revived by the Italian radio company RAI in 1973 and on stage at La Scala in 1983 with Gianandrea Gavazzeni conducting


Gigliola Cinquetti - According to author and historian, John Kennedy O'Connor's, "The Eurovision Song Contest - The Official History", the live telecast of her song was banned in her home country by the Italian national broadcaster RAI, as the event partially coincided with the campaigning for the 1974 Italian referendum on divorce which was held a month later in May.


Augusto De Angelis - Some of them were adapted for television by RAI in 1974-1977, with Paolo Stoppa playing the role of De Vincenzi


Mario Lanfranchi - When RAI in 1977 declared the format's abrupt end, they certainly could not imagine that they would have left all of Italy in a state of mourning and sadness during the years following, even afflicting the nation with the diagnosis of "Carosello syndrome", and Italian advertising agencies have had to come to terms with that fact ever since


Rai 1 and Rai 2 started full-time color broadcasting on February 1, 1977 add something


Jesus of Nazareth (miniseries) - "Jesus of Nazareth" premiered on the Italian channel RAI 1 on 27 March 1977


Ezio Greggio - In 1978 he was hired as a comedian in RAI, appearing in "La sberla" e "Tutto compreso" with Giancarlo Nicotra and Giancarlo Magalli


Maria Dragoni - In 1979 she joined the RAI Chorus in Rome


Daniela Dessi - After having won the first prize at the International Competition organized by Italy's RAI TV in 1980, she had her debut with the comic opera "La serva padrona" by Pergolesi


Renato Zero - In late 1983 he took part in RAI's "Fantastico 3", the most popular Italian TV show


Giuseppe Tornatore - He worked for RAI before releasing his first full-length film, "Il Camorrista", in 1985


Alessandra Martines - In 1985 she began her collaboration with RAI, with the children's show "Pronto, chi gioca-"; she later gained great popularity with the Saturday Night shows "Fantastico" and "Europa Europa", and for her portrayal of Princess Fantaghirò in the "Fantaghirò series"


Ingrid Bjoner - In 1987, she recorded Elektra for the Italian radio RAI and in 1988 returned to the Bavarian State Opera to sing Färberin in "Die Frau ohne Schatten"


Lilli Gruber - In 1988, she became international political correspondent for RAI, covering events such as the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the war in the former Yugoslavia, the situation in the United States after the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001, and the Iraqi war


Berle Sanford Rosenberg - In Italy, Rosenberg performed for RAI television in various concert and opera productions, including "Petite Messe Solennelle" , "Rigoletto" , In 1989, Berle went to the Minsk Symphony, to perform in the Eurovision production of the Verdi Requiem, in memoriam of the fifth anniversary of the Cernobyl atomic power plant tragedy


Gigliola Cinquetti - In the 1990s she became a professional journalist and TV presenter, and she currently hosts the current affairs programme "Italia Rai" on RAI International


Rosario Fiorello - Soon after, he endured a period of drug problems that kept him away from the world of TV. However, he returned to show business and television in the 1990s, displaying great abilities as a showman, first in the Mediaset networks, with RAI in 2001, 2002, and 2004 with "Stasera Pago Io"


High-definition television - The first HDTV transmissions in Europe, albeit not direct-to-home, began in 1990, when the Italian broadcaster RAI and Japanese broadcaster NHK used the HD-MAC and MUSE HDTV technologies to broadcast the 1990 FIFA World Cup


Adriana Volpe - In 1992 she was engaged by RAI as showgirl in the program "Scommettiamo che


Beppe Grillo - When one of his shows was finally allowed to be broadcast by RAI, in 1993, it obtained a record share of 16 million viewers


Letizia Moratti - Between 1994 and 1996 she was president of the Italian state television company RAI


Pupi Avati - In 1995, he wrote the screenplay of the RAI TV miniseries, "Voci notturne", directed by Fabrizio Laurenti


Enrico Mattei - On October 25, 1995, the Italian public service broadcaster RAI reported the exhumation of the human remains of Mattei and Bertuzzi


Enzo Siciliano - From 1996 to 1998 he was President of RAI


Raimondo Vianello - Sanremo Music Festival - During his TV career Vianello hosted quiz shows, such as "Zig Zag" on RAI and "Il gioco del 9" on Canale 5; he hosted the 1998 edition of the Sanremo Music Festival and, from 1991 to 1999, "Pressing", Mediaset's Sunday night sports talk show


Adriana Volpe - In 1999 she came back in RAI to take part in the weekend program "Mezzogiorno in famiglia", aired on Rai Due


Leone Pompucci - In the 2000s he continues producing a large number of commercials for & RAI while his career as director continues with the TV movie "La fuga degli innocenti", for Rai Uno. In 2011 he completes his TV movie "Il sogno del maratoneta" which is aired in 2012


Enzo Maiorca - Majorca appeared on Lineablu, a RAI broadcast news series, from 2000 to 2002


Francesco Alberoni - He was a board member and senior board member of &Rai, the Italian state television network, from 2002 to 2005


Antonio Socci - In 2002 Socci joined RAI as the assistant manager of Rai Due


Francesco Meli - In 2002 he debuted in Verdi's "Macbeth" and as the tenor soloist in Rossini's "Petite Messe Solennelle" and Puccini's "Messa di Gloria", broadcast by RAI from the Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto


Giuseppe Giannini - Giannini has worked as a match analyst for RAI following his retirement; he served as the manager of Serie C1 club Foggia from July 2003 to January 2005, when he was sacked


Barbara Matera - Later, in September 2003, she became an announcer for Rai Uno, the primary television station of RAI, Italy's state-owned national public service broadcaster


Franco Battiato - In 2004 he hosted a cultural show named "Bitte, keine Reclame" for a satellite channel of RAI, the Italian state network


Lilli Gruber - In the European Parliament elections of 2004 she ran as an independent candidate for the European Parliament under the centre-left Olive Tree ticket; her candidacy was proposed, together with Michele Santoro, after she was pushed out of Silvio Berlusconi-controlled RAI. She topped the Olive Tree votes in two electoral regions, and beat Berlusconi himself in the Central region vote


Antonio Socci - Since 2004, after his programme was cancelled, he has been appointed president, on behalf of RAI, at the advanced School of radiotelevision journalism of Perugia


Lilli Gruber - In April 2004 Gruber resigned from her position at RAI in protest against the influence on state controlled media by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi


In 2005, the government of Silvio Berlusconi proposed partial privatization of RAI by add something


Moni Ovadia - In 2005, the spectacle was broadcast by RAI, Italy state TV.


Giorgia Palmas - In June 2005 she was in "CD Live Estate" on RAI 2


Giuliana Sgrena - In a November 2005 RAI documentary, "Fallujah, The Hidden Massacre", Sgrena declared that the U.S. had used white phosphorus and napalm in Fallujah during Operation Phantom Fury


Brenda Blethyn - War and Peace - Blethyn appeared as Márja Dmitrijewna Achrosímowa in a supporting role in the internationally produced 2007 miniseries "War and Peace" by RAI, filmed in Russia and Lithuania


Amedeo Guillet - In 2007 Guillet's life story was the subject of a film made by Elisabetta Castana for RAI


Kabir Bedi - In 2007 has starred in "Chat", a radio show aired by RAI Radio2, in the role of Sandokan


Marco Lazzara - The latter performance was broadcast live by RAI Radio 3 on 22 April 2007


Barbara Serra - In September 2007 she started co-presenting on Italian state TV RAI, on a weekly programme called "TV Talk" from the Al Jazeera studios in London


Telephone tapping - An Italian tapping case which surfaced in November 2007 revealed significant manipulation of the news at the national television company RAI


La Repubblica - On the 20 November 2007, the newspaper revealed wiretapping transcripts between certain RAI and Mediaset directors, aimed at modifying some parts of the TV scheduling of 2005


Nino Randazzo - In December 2007, investigators into the case of alleged attempts by Silvio Berlusconi to influence RAI stumbled upon evidence that Berlusconi had tried to corrupt Randazzo to cease his support for Prodi's government


Claudio Scajola - This scandal was exposed in 2008 by the RAI television program "AnnoZero"


Mondo TV - "Gawayn", first aired on &Rai 2 in 2008, is a French and Italian animated television series co-produced with Alphanim


Marco Travaglio - On 10 May 2008, Marco Travaglio commented on Renato Schifani's election as president of the Senate that one should "simply ask of the second highest office of the state to explain those relationships with those men who have subsequently been condemned for association with the Mafia" on the RAI current affairs talk show television program "Che tempo fa"


Renato Schifani - On May 10, 2008, the journalist Marco Travaglio interviewed on the RAI current affairs talk show television programme "Che tempo che fa", talked about the Italian media


Giorgio van Straten - On February 18, 2009 he was appointed by the Parliamentary Commission for general direction and supervision of broadcasting services to the Board of Directors of the RAI


On 17 May 2010, Raisat received a major upgrade and re-branded with a new logo and a new name add something


Vittorio Storaro - He was cinematographer for a BBC co-production with Italian broadcaster RAI of Verdi's "Rigoletto" over two nights on the weekend of 4 and 5 September 2010


Massimo Ranieri - In November 2010 he took part in the miniseries remake of the classic play, "Filumena Marturano", produced by Italian TV RAI Uno, with Mariangela Melato in the title role


Michele Riondino - He has been playing the title character in the RAI TV-series "The Young Montalbano" since 2012


Maurizio Colasanti - He has worked with such distinguished artists as A.Pay, B.Canino, B.Incagnoli, A. Rosand, C. M. Giulini M. Larrieu, P.Badura Skoda and I Solisti, as well as being featured in national broadcasts by RAI and Radio TRE. In 2012, he was named Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the OSUEL Symphony Orchestra


Paolo Savoldelli - In 2012, Savoldelli works for the Italian television channel RAI, providing viewers with commentaries on cycling races


Rai'n'B - Many of the tracks on the album "Puissance Raï RnB 2012" were produced by DJ Kim.


Trilussa - In 2013 the Italian programm RAI broadcast a TV miniseries about Trissula's life, "Trilussa - Storia d'amore e di poesia", realized by Lodovico Gasparini


On June 11, 2013, RAI was one of the few known European broadcasters to condemn and criticize the closure of Greece's state broadcaster ERT add something


Television - In 2014, a commission set up by Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi is studying guidelines for a radically change of the Italian public television add something


Ruggero Gabbai - In the International Holocaust Remembrance Day 2014 the film has been broadcast by Rai


Beppe Grillo - On 19 May 2014, Grillo returned to Italian public television, RAI, after twenty years to participate at the popular late night political debate talk show Porta a Porta as part of his campaign for the European Parliament election, 2014


Italy national football team - Italy's qualifying matches and friendlies are currently televised by RAI which lasts until December 2014


Gianluca Zambrotta - In 2015, he took part in and won the RAI 2 reality television game show "Monte Bianco - Sfida verticale"


As March 2015, Rai has a debt of 442 million euros and the Italian "Corte dei Conti" add something


Massimiliano Blardone - From 2016 he is a sports commentator for RAI


On 6 April 2016, Raiuno Rai channel hosted mafia boss Riina to ask him about his future projects add something


On 15 October 2018 they renamed to "Rai Libri" add something