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Tuesday, October 27 • 10:00 - 10:30
RAI Children’s Programmes. How to approach TV broadcasting for kids in audiovisual archives?

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RAI has always focused on the educational and pedagogic goals of public broadcasting, thus producing children’s programmes of great quality. The programmes written and produced internally, especially from the ‘50s to the late ‘70s, are examples of top quality TV products, regarding the content (didactic, artistic, cultural) and the specific audiovisual storytelling methods employed. They were created and designed by well-known writers, artists, actors, musicians, but also directors, scenographers and illustrators of that time, and made to educate and divulge culture guaranteeing the appropriate language to reach the public and, at the same time, cultural quality.

Being sometimes considered “less interesting” because of the audience they address, children’s programmes have often been unnoticed. Nevertheless, they open up a multitude of research perspectives, ranging from social, pedagogical, educational, anthropological, and historical studies to analysis of the TV narratives and languages specifically conceived for the target audience and the media employed.

Our research starts from a general survey on RAI’s children programmes, now part of the digitisation and documentation workflow within the Rai Teche Multimedia Catalogue, aiming to bring those items and their qualities to light, to provide access to them and, where possible, to make them reusable.

The study opens up insights and debates on the ways and methods (platforms, metadata, access models) that could be worked out to make these programmes available and accessible to a public that may include not only the “usual” archive researchers but also some “tiny” or young users and the universe of people around them: teachers and parents as well as authors and directors, who could find ideas in the past to build new projects in the future.


Tom De Smet

General Director - Beeld en Geluid The Hague, Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision

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Elena Caterina

Audiovisual archivist, RAI Radiotelevisione Italiana - Teche
Elena Caterina is an audiovisual archivist for Rai Teche since 2019. She is a PhD student in “Documentation Studies, Linguistics and Literature” at Sapienza University of Rome where she previously completed a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and a master's degree in Archival... Read More →
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Marianna Gallerano

Audiovisual archivist, RAI Radiotelevisione Italiana - Teche
Marianna Gallerano is an audiovisual archivist at RAI Teche. After a Bachelor’s Degree in Literature Music and Performing Arts, in January 2020 she completed a Master’s Degree in Musicology, both at Sapienza University of Rome, writing her master’s thesis on RAI children’s... Read More →

Tuesday October 27, 2020 10:00 - 10:30 GMT
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