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Spanish regulator moves against Mediaset channels

MediasetSpain’s financial markets and competition regulator, the CNMC, has said Mediaset’s local channels have repeatedly breached rules governing the amount of airtime that could be devoted to advertising and has ordered disciplinary action to be taken against the broadcaster ahead of an investigation.

According to the CNMC Mediaset-owned Cuatro and Telecinco have repeatedly breached rules limiting the amount of advertising that can be shown on free TV to 12 minutes per hour.

The CNMC has initiated disciplinary action against Mediaset ahead of the outcome of an investigation that could last six months. The broadcasters are liable to fines of up to €100,000 for each infringement.

The broadcasters have 15 days to respond.