Italian broadcaster Mediaset is once again locked in combat with regulator AGCOM over the latters decision to levy the maximum fine possible on news services Tg4 (from MediasetÂs Rete 4 channel) and Studio Aperto and Tg1 (from public broadcaster RaiÂs Italia 1) for breaking electoral rules by giving excessive airtime to interviews with prime minister Silvio Berlusconi.
Tg1 and Tg4 were each fined Â258,230, while MediasetÂs Studio Aperto and RaiÂs Tg2 service were fined Â100,000 each.
Mediaset issued a statement saying it was ÂastoundedÂ at the fines and accused the regulator of preventing the channels from Âdoing their jobÂ of presenting news and information to the public. Mediaset has appealed against the decision at the Lazio Tribunale Amministrativo Regionale (TAR).Â
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