10 million tune in to Italian president's year-end address
Ratings up despite calls to boycott02 January, 11:34
In his speech he urged Italians not to loose hope after emerging from the country's worst postwar recession. Opposition parties including three-time premier Silvio Berlusconi's Forza Italia, the regionalist Northern League and the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S) had all called to boycott the televised address. Loudest among them was M5S leader Beppe Grillo, who staged his own online address that aired simultaneously, in which he repeated his call for Napolitano to step down for alleged illegitimacy as president.