Via Paola Ferrari, just frame the thighs

Italy-Macedonia, the World Qualifiers game to be played Thursday night at the Barbera Stadium in Palermo, will see Rai enter a new era as far as sports history is concerned.

thursday eveningItaly qualification for the next one will be decided world Cup addressing the North Macedonia in the semi-finals of the playoffs in Palermo. This is the first of two lifeboats that Mancini’s men will have to try to bring back to port after the defeat in the knockout round: if successful in the first match, the Azzurri will then face the winner of the match between Portugal and Turkey. Far from home. The Barbera run will also score a profound change in the way Rai tells the national team on television: a clear change in the format, but above all in the philosophy that will inspire the public network.

The engine of the mutation – developed over the past few weeks and which we will see for the first time tomorrow evening – has been the appointment of the new director of Rai Sport, Alessandra De Stefano. The 56-year-old Neapolitan journalist is the first woman to lead the sports magazine Rai, having succeeded Auro Bulbarelli last November. The historical cycling correspondent and host of Trial at the Stage immediately wanted to make her own mark, starting with Rai’s most popular sporting event: the matches of the Italian national football team.

Alessandra De Stefano is the new director of Rai Sport

Alessandra De Stefano is the new director of Rai Sport

First of all, the study disappears, before, during and after the race: “We will pickle the matches from the superstructures – he explains to Corriere della Sera – No more connections with studios that give the line to other studios: just the stand and the field. Well, the two voices of commentary, but this technique has never dominated journalism. More breaks: I would like the penalties, for example, to be heard as in a deserted street. Silence, roars, silence, then joy or tears. In live sports these days, cameras show almost everything. A good journalist must say the ‘almost’ which is not seen, cultivate silence“.

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Rai focuses heavily on Lele Adani

Rai focuses heavily on Lele Adani

Concretely, the new format will be broadcast Thursday evening for Italy-Macedonia Alessandro Antinelli and Daniele Adani settled in a position located directly on the lawn of the Barbera stadium. The pair will perform from there rather than the studio, around and in between the World Qualifiers match. The commentators will be the same, while on the sidelines there will be a new entry, also in this case for the first time a woman: “Alberto Rimedio and Antonio Di Gennaro remain good. On the sidelines is Tiziana Alla, voice of women’s football, a competent reporter who has held the place for years. He will tell what happens on the bench, if Mancini gets up, which player he hugs, because he changes his tone of voice or undoes his tie. What we don’t see on TV, in fact“, explains De Stefano. To complete the squad, in the lightning zone with the players there will be Andrea Riscassi, a former flank of the Under-21s and already a member of the senior national team at the European Championships in the European Championships. ‘last summer.

In all these changes, one absence stands out: that of Paola Ferrari. Closed the study accompanying the matches of the national team, the figure of those who led it also disappeared. De Stefano announces the new position of the 61-year-old Milanese journalist: “Paola Ferrari will no longer direct the post-match nor the new 90th minute, but a Sunday container with other journalists“. The new director of Rai Sport taps on two keys, rejuvenation of people and a new image that does not abuse journalists’ bodies: “For me, the only gender that matters is talent. Sport is macho, we know that. The first way to change it is to change direction: why always frame women from below to show thighs, ankles and shoes? Let’s take off the decorative mask of femininity, this sad ‘it’s beautiful and it’s also good’. For clothes, everyone has their own style: but I would only wear certain necklines by the sea“.

Paola Ferrari will no longer follow Italy

Paola Ferrari will no longer follow Italy

I know that I am uncomfortable because I claim the right to choose who is shown on video according to merit and to favor those who are good by promoting turnover: we are too old, at Rai Sport – is De Stefano’s programmatic statement – I expect from my journalists a thirst for information and a desire to work in discomfort, because comfort is a trap for a reporter. Let them be correct but decisive, let them not be frightened by the aggression of strong powers or press offices: if you are prepared and work seriously, your authority will always lead you to be a privileged interlocutor for athletes. What have I sacrificed to tell the sport’s story? My life, all that. But it was worth it…“.

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