Mediaset bounces back to black

Mediaset has bounced back into the black in the first quarter following its €294.5 million loss last year, which the company blamed squarely on “the turbulence” caused by French media giant Vivendi reneging on its deal with the Italian broadcaster. Mediaset’s success in clawing its way back to profit is due to its campaign of […]

Vivendi to challenge Italian ruling on Telecom Italia and Mediaset stakes

Vivendi has said it will take “any appropriate legal action” including a possible complaint to the European Commission after Italian regulator AGCOM ruled that it must divest a yet-to-be-specified part of its stake either in Mediaset or in Telecom Italia to conform to the country’s media concentration rules. The watchdog ruled yesterday that Vivendi could […]

Vivendi Mediaset move ‘could breach antitrust rules’

Italian antitrust watchdog AGCOM has stepped into the battle raging between Vivendi and Mediaset with a notice that it intends to investigate whether Vivendi’s move to acquire over 20% of the Italian broadcaster could be in breach of rules relating to cross-ownership of communication and media companies. According to ACGOM, the French media giant’s move […]

AGCOM closes more pirate sites

Italian regulator AGCOM has closed three sites that broadcaster Mediaset said were illegally streaming Serie A football coverage, to which the Italian broadcaster has the rights. AGCOM ordered the disabling of access to, and Mediaset said that illegal transmissions of its content were now down 60% compared with the peak of such […]

Mediaset claims victory in battle with piracy

Mediaset has claimed a victory in the ongoing battle against piracy in Italy with the closure of six website that had illegally redistributed live Serie A Italian football coverage. Regulator Agcom has moved to close down websites,,,,, and Supermariohdsports.wix. The latest campaign against sites that redistribute Mediaset content follows […]

Italian regulator orders investigation into Serie A allocation

Italy’s antitrust regulator has ordered an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the division of Serie A football rights between Sky and Mediaset for the 2015-18 seasons, according to local reports. Sky and Mediaset are suspected of colluding to carve up the rights, freezing out rivals including Discovery-owned Eurosport. Last year Mediaset at the last minute […]

Disney pledges to hit quota amid Italian toon row

Disney Italy will not seek a further year’s exemption to an EU law that dictates European channels must invest 10% of local revenues on local productions, DTVE sister title TBI has learned. Disney has caused ire in Italy after local regulator AGCOM allowed it a derogation – or exemption – to the EU directive in […]

European Audiovisual Observatory appoints new legal chief

The European Audiovisual Observatory has appointed the former head of Italian Regulator AGCOM’s digital rights unit, Maja Cappello, as its new legal chief. Cappello will take over the Observatory’s department for legal information from July 1, working alongside the Observatory’s executive council. As well as working for AGCOM, Cappello was also previously vice president of […]

Italian media revenue crashes, down €1.6bn

Combined revenues of Italy’s media companies, including broadcasters and online players, fell by €1.6 billion last year, the territory’s media regulator reports. The year-on-year decline in 2012 meant total media companies’ revenue was €15.7 billion, according to AgCom’s annual report. This comes as Italy wrestles with political and economic turmoil following a series of national […]

Italy moves towards DTT auction

Italy’s communications authority AGCOM has approved final rules for the auction of its digital terrestrial television frequencies.  Amendments, brought in following a public consultation since the scheme was approved in November, include the stipulation that only new entrants or small operators can compete for all three DTT lots. The auction is for the frequencies that […]