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Rai (Radiotelevisione Italiana) - statistics & facts

Rai - Radiotelevisione Italiana S.p.a. is the Italian national public broadcasting company owned by the Ministry of Economy and Finance. Founded in 1924 using the name Unione Radiofonica Italiana (URI), the inaugural broadcast was a speech by Benito Mussolini at Teatro Costanzi on October 5 of the same year.

Rai is now one of the main broadcasting companies in Italy and the fifth television broadcasting group in Europe. Rai broadcasts many radio and television channels: 15 television channels (13 nationwide and 2 regional) and 12 radio channels nationwide. The broadcasts are not only received in Italy, but also in neighboring countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, San Marino, Slovenia, Vatican City, Switzerland and Tunisia.

The regular television service began in 1954, 30 years after the radio services. As of June 2019, RAI is the television broadcasting company with the highest daytime audience share, at about 36.4 percent of the total audience. All the same, both the daytime and the prime time audience share, decreased significantly between 2011 and 2019. Rai is highly appreciated by audiences for its news broadcasting programs, particularly Uno Mattina and Uno Mattina in Famiglia.

Apart from its 12 radio channels, Rai has a local radio channel in German and Ladin for the Trentino-South Tyrol region, as well as two channels for the Friuli-Venezia-Giulia region. Rai's radio channels cover many different genres, ranging from news and information to opera music, including proceedings in the Italian Parliament and information for motorway users. In 2019, Rai Radio 1 was mostly listened to in the region of Lombardy, while Rai Radio 2 had the largest audience in Lazio.

Following the need to become more accessible to the public, Rai is also accessible online and on demand, available on the RaiPlay platform.

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