Italian music industry body FIMI has indicated that its members could return to next year's Sanremo Festival. Billboard.biz has learned that FIMI's directive committee has instructed its president, Al

Italian music industry body FIMI has indicated that its members could return to next year's Sanremo Festival. Billboard.biz has learned that FIMI's directive committee has instructed its president, Alberto Pojaghi, VP Mario Limongelli and director general Enzo Mazza to resume negotiations with RAI state television. As recently as May, FIMI had suggested its members might stay away from the 2005 edition of the long-running event.

FIMI, which represents all five majors and many of the indies, did not attend this year's edition on account of a dispute with the City of Sanremo and state-owned RAI TV over expenses owed from the 2003 edition.

The news follows the appointment of veteran TV presenter, Pippo Baudo, as the festival's artistic director. Baudo, who presented the festival on numerous occasions in the past, succeeds singer-songwriter and producer Tony Renis. Renis was artistic director for the 2004 edition.

The Sanremo Song Festival, which is held every year in late February/early March, has been the key event in the Italian music calendar since the early 1950s.

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