ITALY: Where Prime Time Is Porn Time

Black and white or color, Italian TV is increasingly blue

With a twirl of his TV dial on one typical evening last week, an Italian viewer could tune into the following shows: instruction in sexual positions by a scantily clad young couple; lessons in chess, French or English; a battery of commentators ruminating about the kidnaping of ex-Premier Aldo Moro; an education program to help children with their homework; a spaghetti western; a porno feature called The Masseuses; and a phone-in quiz starring a housewife—masked to protect her identity—who peeled off an item of clothing every time a caller got the...

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