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Rai, Fuortes on appointments: “I respected the law and the statute”. Money: “The company’s accounts do not allow us to invest in the new”

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Clarity on the appointments in Rai after the controversy of recent days, but not only. Also the future and the search for those resources “which Rai does not have at its disposal at the moment”. It was up to the CEO Carlo Fuortes and the president Marinella Soldi to take stock of the Supervisory Commission. Soldi first spoke and clarified how “the new contract will have to have a greater impact on equality between men and women”. The president of Rai Marinella Soldi said so. Then, always Money: «We need certain and adequate resources because the company’s accounts do not allow us to invest in the new and, at the same time, to keep the existing one. It is necessary to make choices and define priorities ”: said the president of Rai, Marinella Soldi, during a hearing before the parliamentary commission for the general direction and supervision of radio and television services.

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Fuortes and the nomination question

During the hearing in the Supervisory Commission, it was then the turn of Rai’s CEO Carlo Fuortes to clarify a point that had raised quite a few controversies also in relations with the Board of Directors, the appointments relating to the leadership of the Newspapers of Viale Mazzini. . Thus, Fuortes recalled that “for the appointment of network and channel directors, the law and the bylaws provide for a mandatory opinion from the board of directors, this is not a resolution of approval but an opinion that is specified to be non-binding” . Specifying that “for newspaper directors, parliament has instead established that the opinion is binding if expressed by two thirds of the board of directors”, explained the CEO again, underlining that “the majority of members, 4 out of 7, are appointed by two branches of Parliament and therefore are an expression of the political forces that make it up, therefore it is the law and the statute that ask the CEO to create the conditions for a positive opinion in the Board of Directors. It is written in the law and in the statute, which the company and I are obliged to abide by ». “This is not a choice of the CEO and I therefore respected the existing rules. This is what I did and will do later, independently when it is foreseen and seeking an agreement with the board of directors when it is required “, remarked Fuortes, then saying that he was” very satisfied with the appointments that meet the criteria of balance, pluralism, completeness, objectivity and independence “. According to the CEO, these are “advantageous choices for the whole of society” also for “the increased presence of women.” Fuortes then acknowledged that he had “worked on an overall proposal with the aim of achieving a unanimous vote and I’m sorry not to have reached it ».

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Soldi also returned to the issue of appointments. “In the recent RAI appointments, approved by the board of directors, experience and merit were rewarded” Soldi pointed out, underlining the choice of “three directors at the helm of fundamental newspapers: Tg1, the first time for a woman, Tg3 and Rai Sport . The professionalism and honesty of the directors will certainly be the key to guaranteeing information that is respectful of pluralism “. And then, beyond the controversy surrounding the appointments of Viale Mazzini, it is the future that the public network must look to. With what prospects? President Soldi herself says this in no uncertain terms: «In Italy there is a shortage of personnel with digital skills, so much so that 85% of companies cannot find them. To attract new digital talents, adequate resources are needed, which Rai does not currently have ». Adding: “Adapting our organization to the times and methods of fruition of the digital age means responding better to the needs of citizens, without leaving anyone out – he explained -. It is the essence of the public service and of pluralism ».

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