Rai 3 is part of RAI, the Italian government broadcasting agency, which owns other channels, such as Rai 1 and Rai 2 (amongst others). Rai 3 first started transmissions on 15 December 1979.
Rai 3 HD
The channel is due to start a HDTV simulcast by September 2013, as confirmed by Rai Director-General Luigi Gubitosi.
Foreign language programming
In the Aosta Valley, Rai 3 broadcasts some programmes in French language, albeit only less than three hours a week.
In the Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol region, Rai 3 timeshares with Rai Sender Bozen.
In Friuli-Venezia Giulia region, Rai 3 broadcasts an half-hour daily newscast in Slovene language, which is sometimes followed by educational programs in Slovene. In accordance with a bilateral cooperation agreement between Italy and Slovenia, Slovene language programs produced by Rai 3 are also shown on the Slovenian regional television channel TV Koper-Capodistria and on the second channel of state-owned Slovene broadcaster Radiotelevizija Slovenija.
- TG3, Rai 3 main news service directed by Bianca Berlinguer
- TGR (Regional news service, directed by Alberto Maccari)
- Ballarò, weekly talk show hosted by Giovanni Floris
- Primo Piano, daily magazine of TG3 hosted by Maurizio Mannoni
- TeleCamere Salute, about health, hosted by Anna La Rosa
- Blu Notte – Misteri Italiani (hosted by Carlo Lucarelli)
- Che tempo che fa
- Chi l'ha visto?
- Cominciamo bene
- Alle falde del Kilimangiaro
- Fuori Orario – Cose (mai) viste
- Geo & Geo
- Mi manda Raitre
- Ombre sul Giallo
- La Grande Storia
- Parla con me
- Un giorno in Pretura
- Volo in diretta
- Vieni via con me
- Tri istorii (Italian dub)
Kids and Teens
- Delio De Martino, Per una storia di Raitre. Premessa di Raffaele Nigro, Bari, Levante Editori, 2009, ISBN 978-88-7949-531-8.