Italian Feature Films on National Public and Commercial Broadcasters


  • Marco Cucco University of Lugano
  • Jean-Pierre Candeloro University of Lugano



cinema, broadcaster, feature film, Italy, television


Taking into account the EU policies aimed to strengthen the industrial-financial condition of its audiovisual system, the Italian broadcasters’ economy and the historical development of its relationship with the national film industry, our study will tackle the Italian free-to-air television policies in national feature films broadcasting. The study analyzes the trends of Italian feature films programming in the national free-to-air television market during the last 10 years, referring to the following issues: a) volume and origin of feature films; b) broadcaster (public and commercial); c) time slots. The results show how Italy has been experiencing a much more dramatic downturn in fiction programming in respect to the other European countries and it discloses that the increase in national TV fiction programming is accompanied by a contraction of domestic feature films slots (despite the good state of health the Italian film industry has been experiencing during the past decade) and an increase of the American ones.

Author Biographies

Marco Cucco, University of Lugano

RhD Student, Institute of Media and Journalism

Jean-Pierre Candeloro, University of Lugano

Research fellow at theInstitute of Media and Journalism




How to Cite

Cucco, M., & Candeloro, J.-P. (2011). Italian Feature Films on National Public and Commercial Broadcasters. Observatorio (OBS*), 5(4).