From May 2000 up to the end of June 2012, in the framework of an informal agreement be- tween ESA/ESRIN and Rainews (the Italian public all-news television channel), I have been participating and coordinating 450 episodes of a science programme dedicated mainly to science in and from space. Each episode was rerun 3-5 times, for a total broadcasting time of about 30,800 minutes, which means about 513 hours in total, more than 42h 45minutes per year, 3h 40min per month.

Given the all-news characterisation of the broadcasting channel, every episode is a cultural challenge which pushes us to re-think the concept of news itself: what is a piece of news? And how you can cook an hour-long science programme starting from a not so clearly defined piece of news?

Although this outreach activity began as an experiment, the ESA interviews have become a regular appointment. As a result of twelve years of uninterrupted collaboration, we recently got to the 450-episode mark, with news about science in and from space: this is now seen by Rainews as a rich source of news. 

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Esa on Rainews
A new format for scientific communication on television. Space as a source of weekly news

Stefano Sandrelli   Inaf – Astronomical Observatory of Brera, Italy

From May 2000 up to the end of June 2012, in the framework of an informal agreement be- tween ESA/ESRIN and Rainews (the Italian public all-news television channel), I have been participating and coordinating 450 episodes of a science programme dedicated mainly to science in and from space. Each episode was rerun 3-5 times, for a total broadcasting time of about 30,800 minutes, which means about 513 hours in total, more than 42h 45minutes per year, 3h 40min per month.

Given the all-news characterisation of the broadcasting channel, every episode is a cultural challenge which pushes us to re-think the concept of news itself: what is a piece of news? And how you can cook an hour-long science programme starting from a not so clearly defined piece of news?

Although this outreach activity began as an experiment, the ESA interviews have become a regular appointment. As a result of twelve years of uninterrupted collaboration, we recently got to the 450-episode mark, with news about science in and from space: this is now seen by Rainews as a rich source of news. 

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