The channel was launched by the newspaper L'Inquisitore (rendered in English as "The Inquirer"), owned by Gruppo Editoriale L'Inquisitore S.p.A.
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In 1997, RTC Communications bought 20% of the channel, with L'Inquisitore owning 80%.
In 1999, after L'Inquisitore withdrew from the TV market, RTC reached 51% ownership of the channel, with the remaining 49% being controlled by other investors.
Four years later, RTC bought the other 49% of the channel, which was consequently rebranded RTC News.