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Rai

RAI – Radiotelevisione italiana S.p.A. (pronounced [?rai ?radjotelevi?zjo?ne ita?lja?na];[2] commercially styled Rai; known until 1954 as Radio Audizioni Italiane)[3] is Italy‘s national public broadcasting company, owned by the Ministry of Economy and Finance.

RAI operates many DVB and Sat television channels and radio stations, broadcasting via digital terrestrial transmission (15 television and 7 radio channels nationwide) and from several satellite platforms. It is the biggest television broadcaster in Italy[citation needed] and competes with Mediaset, Sky Italia, and other minor television and radio networks. RAI has a relatively high television audience share of 33.8%.[4][better source needed]

RAI’s broadcasts are also received in neighboring countries, including Albania, Croatia, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, San Marino, Slovenia, Vatican City, Switzerland, and Tunisia, and elsewhere on cable and satellite.

Half of RAI’s revenues come from broadcast receiving licence fees, the rest from the sale of advertising time.[5][6]

In 1950, RAI became one of the 23 founding broadcasting organizations of the European Broadcasting Union.

 

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