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 and seven 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 2016, RAI is the television broadcasting company with the highest day time audience share, at about 37.4 percent of the total audience. At the same time the day time audience share of the company, as well as the prime time audience share, decreased consistently between 2011 and 2016. Rai is highly appreciated by audiences for its news broadcasting programs, particularly Uno Mattina and Uno Mattina in Famiglia.

Rai broadcasts 12 radio channels, including one in German for the Trentino-South Tyrol region and one in Slovene for the Friuli-Venezia-Giulia region. The channels cover many different styles, ranging from news and information to opera music, including proceedings in the Italian Parliament and information for motorway users. In 2015 Rai Radio 1 was mostly listened to in the region of Lombardy, while Rai Radio 2 registered the greatest audience in Lazio.

Following the need to become more accessible to the public, Rai also developed its services online. Rai websites are highly rated by their users, as are the Rai apps.

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