Rai News 24 is an Italian public broadcasting service which was founded in 1999. Taking its inspiration from CNN, the American news channel, it belongs to the state-owned broadcasting company Rai (Radiotelevisione italiana) and broadcasts national and international current events and information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Spearheading the programme schedule, the Buogiorno Italia (Good Morning Italy) show begins the day with the latest news, updates, analyses and discussions. In addition to this there are news flashes broadcast every half hour, plus weather reports from MeteoNews and traffic information courtesy of Notizie dal CCISS.
International news with subtitles in Italian is also offered, such as that of the Decoder service, which broadcasts live images of international events.
For an analysis of the press, the Rassegna Stampa (Press Review) programme is divided into two parts. The first deals with national and international newspapers, the second focusses on the regional press.
Rai News 24 is not limited to general news. It also offers specific magazine programmes on the subjects of economics and business. The Economia, for example, tracks the financial markets.
If you don’t have time to follow all the programmes on the schedule, don’t worry. With Giro di Boa (Turning Point), you’ll have a daily summary of what took place during your absence.
Rai News 24 compares favourably with the venerable CNN. With quality programming and professional journalists, it has gained a large share of the audio-visual market. Rai News 24 is accessible via the HOTBIRD satellite.