Italy: Berlusconi’s new political TV station launched
Thursday, June 14th, 2007
This week a new Italian satellite TV station has started broadcasting: La TV della Libertà (’The TV of the Freedoms). La TV della Libertà is owned by the Circolo della Libertà (Association of Freedoms), which was founded in november 2006. Circolo della Libertà has been set up to support the political party Forza Italia of former prime minister and media entrepreneur Silvio Berlusconi and its alliance partners: the post-fascist Alleanza Nazionale, the Union of Christian and Centre Democrats (UDC) and the seperatist movement Lega Nord which together form the Casa della Libertà (House of the Freedoms) alliance
The TV station’s name refers to this alliance and also seems to have been set up to oppose the centre-left government of Romano Prodi (Unione). La TV della Libertà can be received on satellite free to air on Hotbird, and has also one hour of terrestrial distribution through partnerships with regional stations around the country. TV della Libertà claims to be ‘the TV station made by the people for the people’ and to be the ‘TV of millions of Italians who don’t have a way to express themselves on big and small problems of Italy, and are willing to do so’.
Also a weekly newswebsite Il Giornale della Libertà’ has been launched. In Italy it is normal for political movements to own (or have strategic partnerships with) radio and TV stations, websites and newspapers. Lega Nord owns e.g. the northern based ‘Radio Padania’ and ‘TelePadania’; EcoRadio is associated with the Italian Green Party Verdi as well as EcoTV 906Sky/Cinquestelle; Radio Radicale is owned by the Partito Radicale; satellite channels Oasi TV, Nessuno TV and Taxi TV are associated with centre-left political alliance Unione. All these channels can be received free to air on Hotbird. As is well-known Silvio Berlusconi, through Fininvest, is the main shareholder of Mediaset (Rete 4, Canale 5 & Italia 1), which is the largest TV group in Italy.
Tuning information for La TV della Libertà:
Hotbird 13 degrees East
Frequency 12111 V
Symbol Rate 27500
Live stream: www.latvdellaliberta.it/popDiretta.aspx
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