The Rai1 host returned to the air after the trade union unrest but did not fail to tease his direct competitor
Alberto Matano’s was certainly one of the most anticipated returns of the Rai1 television season. The journalist, the beloved and esteemed face of the first network, took over the reins of La Vita In Diretta, which he has been conducting alone for two years after the brief interlude with Lorella Cuccarini. It resumes with the management but also with the formula that has consecrated the success of the rotogravure entirely dedicated to current events, this year followed (almost) across the board by the new Afternoon Cinque by Barbara D’Urso.
This strong affinity did not escape the landlord, who concluded his first episode with smiles, applause and a not too veiled dig at Barbara D’Urso: “The first is gone. I look forward to seeing you here tomorrow at Vita Live. Live Life, the real one! See you tomorrow”.
That Alberto Matano has always shown a strong sense of competition is nothing new, but the comment at the end of the first came as a surprise and did not fail to tease the many viewers who intervened on Twitter to emphasize that “the real one” as a trip to D’Urso, which restarted a week earlier with a completely renewed format dedicated to strictly topicality.
This sudden change, and clearly inspired by the Rai1 system, was wanted and imposed by Mediaset, which decided to focus on information, to the detriment of the entertainment formula proposed by D’Urso that Piersilvio Berlusconi himself – publisher network – defined outdated. Afternoon Cinque thus renounces its historical commentators to introduce journalists and experts, ready to comment on current affairs and news. Just like it happens in the studio of La Vita In Diretta although with a very different cut and based on the personality of Alberto Matano.
Yet, to bet on it, the Rai1 journalist would be the first to deny any form of challenge with his direct competitor, who is always very careful to overreact when it comes to talking about colleagues. The audience figures still seem to have proved Piersilvio Berlusconi right, although the new Afternoon Five remains a program without the bite and discharge of the characterizing personality of Barbara D’Urso.