Italy


Vivendi in fresh move to reverse Italian ruling on Mediaset stake

Vivendi has filed a fresh appeal with the Lazio regional administrative tribunal (TAR) in Italy to overturn regulator AGCOM’s ruling that its ownership stake in Mediaset is in breach of the country’s controversial TUSMAR law against holding simultaneous stakes in media and telecom companies. Mediaset issued a communication that it had received notice that Vivendi […]

Mediaset in move to block free-to-air football initiative

Italy’s Mediaset has sent a warning to the country’s top-tier football league, Serie A, not to provide matches free-to-view when the season resumes on June 20. According to local reports,pay TV operator Sky has shown willingness to respond to a call by sport minister Vincenzo Spadafora to make some matches available free-to-air by showing them […]

Vivendi in fresh move to thwart Mediaset’s merger plan

Vivendi is involved in a fresh move to thwart Mediaset’s plans to merge its Italian and Spanish operations under the umbrella of a Dutch-registered holding company, MediaForEurope (MFE). Mediaset España informed markets regulator the CNMV that it had received a notice from the French media giant challenging the changes to the merger plan adopted at […]

Mediaset hit by coronavirus in Q1

Mediaset saw its revenues hit by the Italian and Spanish markets’ exposure to the coronavirus crisis in the quarter to March. The broadcaster posted sales of €682.1 million, down from €718.2 million for the same period last year. Revenues in Italy fell from €492.1 million to €452.4 million. Mediaset said that revenues in both markets […]

Serie A rightsholders fail to pay final tranche

Rightsholders to Italy’s Serie A have withheld the final tranche of payment due for the current football season amid the continuing lockdown of live sports throughout the country, according to Reuters and local reports. According to the Reuters report, pay TV operator Sky, sports streamer DAZN and sports agency IMG have failed to make the […]

Sky TV base and revenues fall as sports lockdown hits home

Sky’s subscriber base was hit by the postponement or cancellation of major sports events in its Q1 results, with the loss of 65,000 customer relationships and a slide in revenues. Sky had 23.9 million customers at the end of the quarter. The reduction in numbers in the quarter compares with 112,000 additions for the same […]

Mediaset buys up more of ProSiebenSat.1 fuelling merger speculation

Mediaset has effectively doubled its stake in German commercial broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 since last year with a fresh acquisition of shares by its Spanish unit, fuelling speculation about its intentions and the possibility of a takeover bid. The Italian media company announced yesterday that Mediaset España, its Spanish unit with which it plans to merge under […]

Sky Italia secures reversal of ban on exclusive Mediaset online deal

Sky Italia has secured a lifting of restrictions imposed on it by the Italian competition regulator over its deal with Mediaset. The watchdog last year imposed a three-year ban that stopped the pay TV operator from distributing exclusive content from Mediaset on its online platform. A regional administrative court has overturned the ban, which relates […]

Vivendi and Mediaset in move and countermove as merger battle rages on

Mediaset has withdrawn the filing of its Dutch merger project in the Netherlands in the face of the threat of fresh legal action by arch-rival Vivendi and has counterattacked by launching its own lawsuit. Mediaset said that the French media giant had threatened legal action on the grounds that the merger plan filed by Mediaset […]

Vivendi makes fresh legal move in Italy to stop Mediaset merger

Vivendi and Simon Fiduciaria, the company in which it has put the bulk of its stake in Mediaset in trust to meet Italian media ownership rules, have taken legal action in Italy to overturn a Milan court’s rejection of its bid to freeze the creation of a pan-European holding company that will house the merged […]

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