The program starts a week in advance to follow the election campaign.
From Monday 29 August, from 20:40 on Rai 3the first episode of the new in-depth program is scheduled The horse and the tower. The journalist is in charge Marco Damilano. The production, broadcast every day from Monday to Friday, lasts ten minutes.
The horse and the tower, the program starts a week in advance
The horse and the tower is among the most awaited news in the schedules of Rai 3. Announced in recent months, the program was due to start on Monday 5 September. However, the Rai has chosen to bring forward the start of the talk by a week, in order to better follow the approach to the elections on 25 September.
Most of the first episodes of The horse and the towertherefore, they are focused on the electoral campaign. Despite this, Damilano expressed his willingness to treat the issue from an unusual point of view: “In addition to the clash of parties in search of the vote, there is a country that needs to be told. Voters must also be addressed, as well as non-voters, that is, those who do not want to vote or who do not feel represented. I think it is a very important and public service issue“.
The horse and the tower, the most important event of the day is analyzed in space
The horse and the tower, as announced by state TV, intends to investigate, in just ten minutes, the most important event of the day. To do this, the conductor Marco Damilano he is often accompanied in the studio by experts and politicians. In particular, in what is a decisive moment for our country, the journalist speaks with the protagonists of the political, social, economic and cultural life of Italy.
The horse and the tower resumes, in the title, the homonymous book written by Vincenzo Foa. Also, the name of the show recalls the game of chess. The tower, in particular, is the symbol of those who make a repetitive move, while the horse jumps and displaces.
But the title of the talk is also a reference to the horse that is the symbol of the venue Rai of Viale Mazzini. It is from here that the information strip is broadcast, shot in a small studio on the ground floor and from which the famous statue is clearly visible.
In the past, Rai has broadcast other daily information strips, such as Postcard by Andrea Barbato
The horse and the tower it is not the first daily news strip produced by Rai. Among the founders of this format is Andrea Barbato, who since October 1989 has led for five years Postcard. The program, which aired at 20:25, lasted only five minutes. In total, more than 800 episodes were broadcast, some of which still visible today on Rai Play.
But the experience closest to that of The horse and the tower is The fact. The talk, conducted by Enzo Biagi, entered the schedules of Rai 1 in 1995. This production was also broadcast in access prime time and lasted about ten minutes. Many important interviews carried out during the years of broadcasting, including those with Marcello Mastroianni, Sophia Loren, Indro Montanelli and Roberto Benigni.