Rai 1 Italy

Rai 1 is the primary television station of RAI, the national public service broadcaster, and the most watched television channel in Italy. It was born as Rai Tv from 1954 to 1961, called Programma Nazionale from 1961 to 1979, after called Rete 1 from 1979 to 1982, then called Rai Uno from 1982 to 2010, and finally called Rai 1 since May 18 2010. Since its inception the channel was under the predominant political influence of the Democrazia Cristiana Catholic conservative party. It is a generalist channel, mainly focused on shows, movies and public service; its direct competitor is Mediaset's Canale 5. It is regarded by some in Italy as the Italian Equivalent of the BBC One channel in the United Kingdom. However, the BBC, unlike Rai, isn't subject to Government or Political interference. Rai 1 also carries advertising while BBC One does not. Furthermore BBC One news programming represents and covers all Political opinions and priorities while, in practice, the news programmes presented by channels Rai 1, 2 and 3 represent respectively the views and priorities of the Political right, centre and left.