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Monti covered by TV rules ahead of elections

Television regulations also apply to premiers

Monti covered by TV rules ahead of elections

Rome, January 3 - Caretaker Premier Mario Monti must adhere to the regulations regarding the balanced exposure of politicians in the lead-up to elections in Italy, like everyone else, according to comments made Thursday by Vincenzo Vita, media pointman for the centre-left Democratic Party. State television broadcaster RAI and other Italian television stations are obliged to offer the most important political parties in the nation relatively equal visibility under the so-called ''Par Condicio'' or ''Fairness'' (equal time) rule. The par condicio rules ''are being defined in more specific terms than had been done in the past in relation to the role of a Prime Minister in the case of a political function he may have'', Vita said. ''The Premier also has to adhere to all the rules of political communication, as do all the others''. RAI on Thursday cancelled a scheduled January 6 appearance by Monti on a popular RAI Sunday show where ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi, engaged in a 10-day media blitz which Monti had been seeking to emulate, last month threatened to walk out after being interrupted.

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