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RAI Reaches Consensus On New President And Board Members

Upheavals at RAI have been resolved for the time being with the appointment of Paolo Mieli, head of publisher Rizzoli-Corriere della Sera, as president of Italy's pubcaster, along with four new board members, according to VARIETY. Mieli, a journalist and author of books tracing the history of Italy's leftist politics, replaces Antonio Baldassarre. Baldassarre and RAI board member Ether Albertoni submitted their resignations in response to government pressure on February 26, 2003. The other new board members seen as more center-right are sociologists Francsco Alberoni and Angelo Maria Petroni; Marcello Veneziani, journalist and ex-publisher of the right-wing magazine I BORGHESE; and Giorgio Rumi, a professor and columnist for the Vatican daily L'OSSEVATORE ROMANO. Chamber of deputies president Pierfernando Casini announced March 7 individuals "capable of guaranteeing RAI equality and efficiency" had been selected.