Italy


Vivendi and Mediaset declare peace

Vivendi and Mediaset have announced an agreement to end hostilities, putting an end to five years of open warfare between the pair. The agreement, which follows a series of recent court victories by Vivendi, will see the two companies waive all litigation and claims against each other. A recent court ruling in Milan established that […]

Sky Italia contests DAZN’s Serie A deal

Sky Italia is contesting the award of exclusive Serie A football rights to DAZN, with a call for a Milan court to block the deal on antitrust grounds and an initial hearing set for May 5. According to financial daily Il Sole 24 Ore, Sky is contesting the deal between Serie A and the streaming […]

Sky Italia MD and programming chief to leave

Sky Italia’s MD Maximo Ibarra and programming chief Nicola Maccanico are set to leave the Comcast-owned pay TV operator. The exits come after Sky Italia failed to win rights to the Serie A football league, losing out to streaming service DAZN. Ibarra had been at the helm since 2019 but is leaving in July to […]

Italian court rejects Mediaset damages claim

Vivendi has achieved a partial victory on one front of its ongoing legal battle with Mediaset, with a Milan court ruling that its acquisition of a large stake in the Italian media group was not illegitimate and did not constitute unfair competition. Mediaset has claimed that Vivendi took advantage of a fall in its share […]

Iliad Telecom moves forward with fixed-line plan for Italy

Xavier Niel’s Iliad Telecom/Free has moved forwards with preparation for a launch of fixed-line services in Italy after acquiring a minority stake in Uniero, a leading player in the distribution of consumer electronics and household appliances in the country. Iliad has acquired, through its Italian holding subsidiary, a 12% stake in Uniero. The pair have […]

Former Vodafone CEO Colao appointed Italy’s new tech minister

Vittorio Colao, the former CEO of Vodafone Group, has been appointed as Italy’s minister for technological innovation and digital transition. Colao joins the cabinet of newly appointed prime minister Mario Draghi, the ex-European Central Bank head who has swept in to calm a country in political chaos following the resignation of Guiseppe Conte. Conte’s coalition […]

Mediaset secures victory against Dailymotion in copyright case

Italian broadcaster Mediaset has secured a victory in its legal battle with Vivendi-owned video sharing site Dailymotion over the latter’s distribution of copyrighted material. The Court of Rome found Dailymotion liable, confirming a previous ruling in July 2019, and sentenced the video site to fines totalling over €22 million for the publication of 15,000 video […]

Eleven Sports names new Italy chief

Sports broadcaster Eleven has named Giovanni Zurleni as the group’s new managing director in Italy. Zurleni, who will be responsible for further developing Eleven’s business and operations in Italy, was previously VP, commercial and partnerships at sports streamer DAZN from 2018-2019, leading the team’s business development strategy and execution, coordinating global and local distribution deals […]

Jeremy Darroch to step down as Sky CEO

Jeremy Darroch is to step down as group CEO of Sky after 13 years leading the company, with Comcast Cable and former Virgin Media executive Dana Strong replacing him. Darroch, the longest serving CEO in Sky’s three-decade history, will continue to serve as executive chairman through 2021 to ensure a smooth transition and will then […]

Vivendi secures full voting rights in Mediaset

Vivendi secured another significant victory in its battle with Mediaset just before Christmas, with the news that the Lazio regional administrative tribunal (TAR) had ruled that it can exercise full voting rights in accordance with its stake in the Italian media group. The ruling means that Vivendi will be able to give voting instructions for […]

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