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"Apology to the Guardian for Berlusconi
I'm sorry for our prime minister's predictable reaction to a story about G8 summit preparations, please keep the spotlight on Italy.
Berlusconi's control over the media is exercised via his ownership of the largest Italian publishing house, Mondadori, as well as via the country's six television networks: three private Mediaset channels owned by Berlusconi himself and three channels of the public broadcaster RAI which Berlusconi indirectly controls and influences, with very rare exceptions I might add, through managerial staff appointments.
His virtually total control of the media allows him to maintain a dominant position and provides an endless source of revenue that helps to consolidate his position within the institutions via a wide-ranging system of patronage.