I had told him (some friends). She did (in a matter of minutes). Lucia Annunziata grants an encore, leaving Rai again: irrevocable resignation. A gesture that, on the day of the appointments that will revolutionize the political balance of the company, is a punch in the stomach of the new management. A management whose methods and contents are questioned by the journalist, from the «mode of intervention». And here we have to understand each other. He new melonian course in a few days it produced, as has been said, a true turn around. The main gender directorates and the most important newspapers have joined the government alliance.
For Annunziata, former president of Rai and director of Tg3, it seems enough to consider the new climate is unbreathable: «To recognize this distance – he says – is a act of seriousness». Translated: “I will not be your fig leaf.”
Then, in the words with which he says goodbye, there is a trace of something else: «I do not intend to embark on the path of a permanent conflict internal at work”. Annunziata had been repeating to her collaborators for days: “I am not a woman for all seasons. If the conditions are not met, I will leave”. An alarm that seemed unjustified when the last board of directors confirmed the program also for the fall. But the presenter no longer felt safe, she predicted possible authorial team changes taxed from above, imagined cuts in newsroom, I was afraid to unpack of the program that I was supposed to share with some New Entry.
Whether Annunziata only had a hint of something that was about to come or had elements of it, it is not possible to know. TRUE the climate in the newsrooms in these weeks has changed and the wait to understand what will happen to the fall schedules, which will be presented on July 7, is long and generates ghosts every day, especially in the many fixed-term contracts that often form the backbone of newsrooms.
In recent days, the journalist has been impatient: “I can’t stand the personal attacks, the media campaigns, the murders of the press,” she complained, “they don’t even have the courage to confront me directly.” A few days ago the news circulated of one of his candidature to the European 2024, by election of the secretary of Pd Elly Schlein, I had infuriated her: «If that were the case, it would be better for me to stay here in Rai and have a good election campaign until 2024, right? and instead I want to leaveshe argued indignantly.
Because then, at the base of Annunziata’s decisions, there is always “the Annunziata factor”: a conditioned reflex that is activated before certain narrow passages and produces sensational gestures, breakupsrage, closed doorshard answers. Except for doubts. then the reporter She’s not new to loud goodbyes which have been periodic: in ’96 he resigned (for seven hours) from the direction of TgTre, in 2004 from the presidency of Rai, in 2011 from the direction of “In half an hour” (resignation withdrawn). “I’ve done it before, I’ll do it again”told his collaborators these days with a certain air of defiance. The same employees who had their morning meeting abruptly canceled yesterday morning, shortly before the announcement of their resignations.
What happens now? transmission should go running until the end of june, and Annunziata will respect the commitment. Then there’s the fall recovery: the schedule has been confirmed. To replace her, the names of Serena Bortone and luisella costamagna. As long as you don’t change the program type. As for the future of Annunziata, for the moment she would not see other commitments: «If I go, I do it without a net.», he always assured. But that is another story.
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