The Hearth of Our Times: Rai and The Domestication of Italian Television in The 1950s.

Cecilia Penati

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This paper is aimed to outline the role assumed by the Italian Public Service Broadcasting (RAI) in contrasting the affirmation of a public culture of viewing, stimulating instead the con-struction of the television as a domestic medium in the stage of its institutionalisation, which lasted approximately until the beginning of the Sixties. Considering a wide array of historical sources (first RAI’s advertising and public campaigns, house organs and leaflets, public speeches of RAI’s first managers), the paper will show how the RAI was deeply interested in promoting a wide diffusion of the TV sets in the private domestic context, in order to maximise the economic profit coming from the license associated to the pos-session of the set and thus providing economic resources for programming and broadcasting. RAI’s major effort was intended to reassure the Italian citizens, presenting the television set as a harmless device that could enhance the comforts of the modern home in the social context of the Post-War economic boom.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)36-45
Numero di pagine10
RivistaComunicazioni Sociali
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2015
Pubblicato esternamente


  • Italian TV history
  • Rai
  • Storia della tv italiana
  • TV set
  • Televisore


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