Striscia la notizia

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Striscia la notizia [ˈstriʃʃa la noˈtittsja] is an Italian television program on the Mediaset-controlled Canale 5. Its name in Italian translates as "the news slithers", a probable parody of the slighting Italian journalist, submitted to politicians and overwhelmed with shame.[clarification needed] The polysemic term Striscia, in English strip, can recall both a line of cocaine (something exciting) and the comic strip (something amazing related to the Cartoons world). But Striscia is also the slithing snake: this show worm in the hidden holes to unmask the television cheats.[clarification needed] Founded in 1988, it is meant to be a parody of the daily news, which airs right before the program, but Striscia also satirizes government corruption and exposes scams with the help of local reporters who are also comedians. The program is directed and produced by Antonio Ricci and is hosted by two major comedians. Usually Ezio Greggio (who co-founded the show with Gianfranco D'Angelo) is assisted by another comedian (such as Enzo Iacchetti or Michelle Hunziker) for the winter season, after which there is a change of guard.

The Gabibbo[edit]

The Gabibbo, an Italian cultural icon acts as the mascot and is the soul of the show. Gabibbo is a caricature of an Italian layman, a low-income worker who lives near the docks of Genoa. Always loud, braggart but pungent in his naive but straightforward ways, he butts in everywhere he sees new friends to chat to with a childlike enthusiasm always running after the veline, the show's two dancing showgirls. He is, in some ways, like the Cockney type often seen in British comedies.

The veline[edit]

The term velina is a term in Italian journalism which indicates a news item, typically released by some governative environment, stating an official statement about something, even if clearly different from reality. This term, originating in the 1920s during Fascism, parodies the official information system, which was submitted to the regime.

Inside Striscia, the veline are two young women in their early twenties (one blonde, the other brunette), who recall the dancing stars of the variety show. Initially, they came onstage to hand the news to the hosts; today they perform short dance breaks or stacchetti, always finishing up on the news anchors' desk.

The names of the veline for each season of Striscia are announced after a long beauty pageant during the summer. The program is called Veline. A similar program, "Velone" (which means "big veline"), is a contest for women in their 60s (although some are nearly 100)[citation needed]. As in "Veline," the women dance and perform in brief sketches. The word velina has become a synonym for television presenters's assistant. In 2012 enter in Zingarelli dictionary also velinismo (to become famous for his passiveness and inconclusiveness).

The veline[edit]

Names Years
Cristina Prevosti, Stefania Dall'Olio, Eliette Mariangelo, Micaela Verdiani 1988
Jordy Gordon, Indra Smith, Simonetta Pravettoni,
Terry Sessa, Annalisa Gambi (not all the season)
Laura Paternoster, Monica Spreafico, Simonetta Pravettoni,
Terry Sessa, Sonia Grey, Angela Cavagna (the nurse)
Ana Laura Ribas, Terry Sessa, Simonetta Pravettoni 1991/1992
Cecilia Belli, Fanny Cadeo 1992/1993
Cecilia Belli, Laura Valci, Fanny Cadeo 1993/1994
Miriana Trevisan, Laura Freddi 1994/1995
Alessia Merz, Cristina Quaranta 1995/1996
Roberta Lanfranchi, Marina Graziani 1996/1997
Alessia Mancini, Marina Graziani 1997/1998
Roberta Lanfranchi, Marina Graziani 1998/1999
Maddalena Corvaglia, Elisabetta Canalis 1999/2002
Giorgia Palmas, Elena Barolo 2002/2004
Lucia Galeone, Vera Atyushkina 2004/2005
Melissa Satta, Thais Souza Wiggers 2005/2007
Melissa Satta, Veridiana Mallman 2008
Federica Nargi, Costanza Caracciolo 2008/2012
Alessia Reato, Giulia Calcaterra 2012/2013
Irene Cioni, Ludovica Frasca 2014/-

The Tapiro d'Oro[edit]

The Tapiro d'Oro

The Tapiro d'Oro (Golden Tapir), a small golden statue, is a special "prize" delivered to big celebrities or politicians who have been humiliated or defeated. Although many personalities take it in front of the cameras in the hope of getting attention for themselves, others run away and Valerio Staffelli, a special correspondent for the show, has to run after them until they finally take it. Some even react aggressively. Rai Uno Director Fabrizio Del Noce, cornered by Staffelli, banged his microphone on the reporter's face, breaking Staffelli's nose.


Each edition of Strip uses a subtitle always different, which reads the voice of-enza.

Year Edition Subheading
1988/1989 Giornale Radio
1989/1990 La voce dell'innocenza
1990/1991 La voce dell'incoscienza
1991/1992 La voce dell'impotenza
1992/1993 La voce dell'incontinenza
1993/1994 La voce dell'intenza
1994/1995 La voce dell'insistenza
1995/1996 La voce dell'impenitenza
1996/1997 9a La voce dell'incandescenza
1997/1998 10ª La voce dell'insorgenza
1998/1999 11ª La voce dell'inavvertenza
1999/2000 12ª La voce dell'interferenza
2000/2001 13ª La voce dell'imprudenza
2001/2002 14ª La voce dell'insolenza
2002/2003 15ª La voce della differenza
2003/2004 16ª La voce della renitenza
2004/2005 17ª La voce dell'indipendenza
2005/2006 18ª La voce della divergenza
2006/2007 19ª La voce della turbolenza
2007/2008 20ª La voce della persistenza
2008/2009 21ª La voce della supplenza
2009/2010 22ª La voce dell'influenza
2010/2011 23ª La voce dell'improvvidenza
2011/2012 24ª La voce della contingenza
2012/2013 25ª La voce dell'insolvenza
2013/2014 26ª La voce dell'irruenza

Listen since 2008[edit]

Editions Year Bets Media plays
21° 2008–2009 221 9.315.000 – 34.30%
22° 2009–2010 221 7.530.000 – 27.85%
23° 2010–2011 222 6.246.000 – 23.49%
24° 2011–2012 223 5.928.000 – 20.99%
25° 2012–2013 227 5.613.000 – 19.88%
26º 2013–2014  ?  ?

Awards and recognition[edit]

  • Telegatto Best transmission of TV satire – 1990,1991,1995,1997,1998,1999,2000,2001,2002,2003
  • Telegatto Transmission of the year – 1999,2000,2001
  • Telegatto Platinum Anniversary Special – 2008
  • Telegatto Best program ever – 2006,2007,2008
  • Royal Television Award Category Top Ten – 1995,1996,1997,1998,1999,2000,2001,2002,2003,2004,2005,2006,2007,2008,2009,2010,2011,2012,2013
  • Royal Television Award Oscar diamond – 2008
  • Guinness World Records Satirical television program information longest – 2011
  • Celebrity Games Winner – 2012

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