Italy


Eleven Sports names new Italian chief

Eleven Sports has named Giuliano Giorgetti as managing director for Italy. Giorgetti, who begins his role immediately, will be responsible for expanding Eleven’s growth in Italy, increasing revenues, developing strategic partnerships, and overseeing the day to day operations. He previously worked for football clubs AC Milan and the Inter Milan. At AC Milan he led […]

Mediaset-backed EI Towers deal opens way to consolidation

Italian government-backed investment vehicle 2i Tower Holdings has placed a bid to acquire transmission tower outfit EI Towers, which is 40% owned by Mediaset, for €57 a share. Under the structure of the proposed deal, Mediaset will take a 40% stake in the bidding company, meaning that the broadcaster will not take cash out of […]

Mediaset strikes deal with DAZN to bring Serie A to premium subscribers

Mediaset has struck a deal with Perform Group, operator of the DAZN sports streaming service, to provide access to the service as part of its Premium Calcio offering for a reduced overall price of €19.90 a month. DAZN secured rights to 114 Serie A matches over the next three years last month and announced that […]

Mediaset launches new Play service

Mediaset has re-launched Mediaset Play, formerly its on-demand service but now a new multiscreen streaming service combining live channels with catch-up and on-demand content. The Italian broadcaster debuted the new service at a presentation of its autumn schedule in Monte Carlo. Mediaset Play will be available for iOS and Android devices, on the web and […]

Netflix now most popular TV platform in US

A US study by Cowen & Co has found that Netflix is now the most popular platform amongst US consumers for watching TV, ahead of pay TV and free-to-air broadcast channels and other streaming services. According to the study of 2,500 US adults, 27.2% said they used Netflix most often to view video content, ahead […]

Mediaset chief mulls international alliance and football deal

Italian broadcaster Mediaset’s board has confirmed Fedele Confalonieri as chairman for the next three years, and Pier Silvio Berlusconi as vice-president and CEO. The Mediaset board was elected on Wednesday by the company’s annual shareholders meeting. The company’s executive committee comprises Confalonieri, Berlusconi, Marco Giordani, Gina Nieri, Niccolo ‘Querci and Stefano Sala. The 15-strong board […]

Ligue 1 chief ‘not worried’ by Mediapro’s Italian woes

Didier Quillot, the director-general of the French professional football league, has said he is “not worried” by Mediapro’s loss of Serie A football rights in Italy and has said that the respective situations in Italy and France are “not comparable”. Speaking to on the edges of the league’s general assembly last Friday. Quillot said that […]

Telecom Italia chief welcomes regulator’s move on network separation

Telecom Italia CEO Amos Genish has welcomed a decision by communications regulator AGCOM to launch a public consultation on the telco’s plans for the separation of its network arm. Speaking on the sidelines of a meeting for the presentation of the company’s annual report, Genish said that he was nevertheless concerned about moves to push […]

Telecom Italia escapes fine over Vivendi control

Telecom Italia (TIM) has escaped being forced to pay a fine of €74.3 million for failing to communicate to the Italian state the fact that Vivendi had effective control of the operator. A Milan court suspended the fine and has said it will set out its reasons on July 4, according to a press report. […]

Italian league rejects Mediapro’s €1.6bn guarantee for Serie A

Italy’s football league has rejected a €1.6 billion guarantee by Spanish broadcaster Mediapro that was designed to rescue its deal for Serie A rights in the country. The rejection from La Lega came after Mediapro yesterday formally accepted the demand made by the league for guarantees to take forward its successful bid for Serie A […]

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