The paper analyses health and public health representation within RAI (Radiotelevisione Italiana) programmes in the shift from neo-television to post-television. To this purpose, it presents the result of a qualitative media content analysis on three different RAI programmes, attributable to different television genres and aired in the two periods considered.The analysis shows that in the shift from neo-television to post-television a recurrent genre arose which we call healthentainment: evolving from health representation to health storytelling, this genre integrates varied expert knowledge with new topics and new means of public involvement; flexible regarding information content, it is however firmly science-based.

Communication, Sociology of Communication, Media Studies, Television Studies, Italy, Public health, RAI (Radiotelevisione Italiana), neo-television, post-television, information, entertainment, edutainment
Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision
dx.doi.org/10.18146/view.219
VIEW Journal
Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0)
VIEW Journal of European Television History and Culture; Vol 9, No 18 (2020); 141 - 154

Leonzi, Silvia, Ciofalo, Giovanni, Ugolini, Lorenzo, & Ciammella, Fabio. (2020). From Family Doctor to Healthentainment: Health Topics in the Italian Public Service from Neo-Television to Post-television. VIEW Journal, 9(18), 141–154. doi:10.18146/view.219