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How RiTo Got on Television

  • Aivar Jarne

    Head of the Press Service of the Chancellery of the Riigikogu

The tenth issue of Riigikogu Toimetised (RiTo) was supposed to be published in December 2004.

When work started on this issue, an idea entered the back of our minds: commemorating the anniversary in some way. The idea was also mooted at an editorial meeting that the issue should be special in some way; perhaps some sort of reception might be held. Back then, a series called “Parlament” was airing on ETV and one of the editors of the show, Elvis Joakit, proposed to the editor-in-chief on a busy day in December to run a segment on Riigikogu Toimetised. After a bit of collective thinking, it was decided to shoot a part of the segment literally on location – the printing plant where the publication is actually produced. As the printing press clattered away, the editor-in-chief could say a few words about the contents of the publication and talk about the periodical’s aims, its readership and history. A couple days later, television audiences saw the five-minute clip about how RiTo is produced, TV-style – with much noise and fanfare.

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