RAI (also known as Radiotelevisione Italiana) is a joint-stock company and sole concessionary of public service broadcasting in Italy. It operates mainly in the television and radio sector producing public service programmes, and it has television, radio, and satellite channels on a terrestrial digital platform. But the RAI is also active in film production, in the provision of broadcasting infrastructure, and to a lesser extent, in publishing. In its first decades of operation, the RAI engendered important cultural changes in Italian society. A state monopoly until the end of the 1970s, it has always been characterized by close links with the Italian state and politics. The situation of the RAI has partially changed since the television broadcasting duopoly begun in Italy in the 1980s ...

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