Italy after Berlusconi: What now for media freedom?

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In association with Open Society Foundations and the Reuters
Institute for the Study of Journalism On 12 November the
longest-serving post-war Prime Minister of Italy Silvio Berlusconi
resigned after losing his majority and public support. While no
longer Prime Minister, he continues to control one half of the
countries terrestrial TV market and his company Media Set is a big
player in the print and advertising sectors. What will Berlusconi's
influence be and will he still be able to shape the agenda through
his party and media ownership? We will be bringing together a panel
of experts to discuss the future of the media in Italy.How will the
channels he owns fair now he doesn't have a hand in legislative
decisions that affect them and what control will he wield over
state funded channels? Join us to discuss the future of his media
empire and the prospects of Italy or the EU bringing in legislation
to break up his media empire and prevent such a monopoly existing?
Chaired by Steve Hewlett, Guardian Columnist, broadcasting
consultant and host of The Media Show on BBC Radio 4. He is
visiting Professor of Journalism and Broadcast policy at Salford
University and a fellow of the Royal Television Society. With:
Paolo Mancini, professor at Dipartimento Istituzioni e Società,
Facoltà di Scienze Politiche, Università di Perugia. His scientific
interests are focused on political communication and more generally
on the relationship between politics and communication. While at
the Reuters Institute Mancini is working on a project trying to
interpret under a new light the political adventure of Silvio
Berlusconi and to place it within the new forms that political
participation is undertaking in different parts of the world.
Gianpietro Mazzoleni, professor of sociology of communication and
of political communication at the University of Milan, Italy, where
he coordinates the post-graduate courses in communication in the
Faculty of Political Sciences. He


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