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Help Save “Italia Chiama Italia”

Due to a series of budget shortfalls, RAI (Italian public television) is pushing to cut “Italia Chiama Italia,” one of the most active programs highlighting Italians abroad, their accomplishments and their dreams.

Actually, it is the only program left on Italian television dedicated to covering Italians abroad.

The loss of a program such as “Italia Chiama Italia” means Italians living abroad will no longer have any local news coverage.

As Bostoniano.info, we believe RAI is making a big mistake.

To invest in local communities and to promote culture should be RAI’s main focus. Instead, the Italian public television station is now paying the consequences of wasteful spending and shifting its attention – over the past decade – to programming that annihilates culture and disbands communities.

“Italia Chiama Italia” (known previously as “Qui Roma”) represents the last thread connecting all Italians abroad, creating a sense of community that immigrants of yesterday and today are still looking for.

One of Bostoniano’s contributors, Stefano Salimbeni, has been working with RAI for over a decade and has made significant contributions to the Italian and Italian American communities of New England and across the country, highlighting stories of incredible individuals that would have otherwise been left unnoticed. Most of the videos available on our website have been aired on “Italia Chiama Italia.”

If you are a RAI subscriber or believe Italians and Italian Americans deserve to still have a vital program like “Italia Chiama Italia,” please e-mail italiachiamaitalia@rai.it to express your concern and your support for the program.

Thank you.
Nicola Orichuia

About Nicola Orichuia

Nicola is an Italian journalist and media enthusiast living in the United States. He keeps an eye on the Italian-American communities across the country and is always looking for positive stories to highlight.

3 comments

  1. siamo un gruppo d’italiani di NJ. scriviamo x la causa della RAI internazional E’ una indegnita’ nel 2012 noi nn abbiamo i nostri programmi . invece di migliorare peggioriamo c’e’ da vergognarsi [ tanto noi emigranti veniamo derisi ! ] abbiamo lasciato l’Italia 40 anni fa. abbiamo dovuto aspettare 23 anni x avere il nostro programma x 24 ore pagando. RICORDATE siamo anche noi cittadini italiani e nn vogliamo perdere i nostri programmi . nella nostra cumunita’ ci sono persone anziani [ nn parlano inglese ] e vedono tutto il giorno RAI .
    x favore x una volta cercate di pensare a noi EMIGRANTI . tanti saluti e un buon Anno da… angela andriulli, rosa , giovanna cacciguerra, graziella lo porto lina carrubba, marisa serra ,vickj bianchi carmela pausata, cettina fede, pina susino, vittoria caramagna antonietta orsino . tina mastroangelo

  2. On. Michele Frattallone

    Galileo Legacy Foundation, Inc.

    Boston, 2 gennaio 2012

    Ciao Nicola,
    sono venuto a conoscenza del tuo portale “Italia Chiama Italia”, le mie congratulazioni. Con l’occasione Auguro a te e Famiglia un migliore e prospero Anno 2012

    Cordiali saluti.

    On. Michele Frattallone,
    presidente della Galileo legacy Foundation, Inc.

  3. Here in New York we have lost 17 hours each week of wonderful, entertaining and informative Italian language programming from RAI on broadcast TV. While we understand that RAI is in an economic crisis and needs to cut spending, could they not have attempted to find sponsorships and advertisers so that their programming could pay for itself and perhaps even make a profit? For them to decide to simply stop all of their activities here is a rather strange decision to abandon all of their loyal viewers and leave them with nothing at all.