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Vivendi mulls options to recapture initiative in Telecom Italia battle

Vivendi is looking into convening a new Telecom Italia (TIM) shareholders meeting to “reorganise” the telco’s board of directors following its loss of control of the telco’s board to a slate supported by activist investor Elliott Advisors. Speaking to analysts after Vivendi posted its Q1 numbers, CEO Arnaud de Puyfontaine, who was also TIM chairman […]

Telecom Italia says content convergence is paying off

Telecom Italia (TIM) said that its “content convergence strategy” contributed to a 6.5% quarter-on-quarter increase in IPTV service TIMVision’s fixed customer base in the three months to March. Telecom italia’s added a total of 314,000 retail fixed subscribers year-on-year, in addition to 319,000 wholesale fixed customers. TIM now has 3.8 million fixed retail and wholesale […]

Mediaset sees revenues and profit drop in Q1

Italy’s Mediaset saw its Q1 2018 revenues and profit drop significantly year-on-year, despite what the media group described as a confirmation of the return to profitability for its full-year 2017 results. The broadcaster posted revenues of €860.6 million for the quarter, down from €889.3 million for the comparative period last year, which the company blamed […]

Mediaset to supply channels to Telecom Italia

Telecom Italia (TIM) and Mediaset have struck a commercial agreement that will result in TIMVision customers having access to Mediaset’s free-to-air linear channels and associated seven-day catch-up services. Under the terms of the deal, from January next year TIMVision subscribers will have access to online programming from Canale5, Italia1 and Retequattro, as well as the free-to-air themed channels La5, TGCom24, Mediaset […]

Vivendi loses control of Telecom Italia, but Genish stays on

Vivendi lost control of Telecom Italia (TIM) at the end of last week, with its bitter rival Elliott Advisors securing a bigger share of votes and hence a majority for its slate of proposed board members. Elliott’s victory meant that its slate secured two thirds of the seats on the TIM board. Fulvio Conti, one […]

Mediapro mulls ‘pulling out’ of Spanish football as rights battle gears up

Spanish broadcaster, producer and pay TV channel provider Mediapro is mulling a plan to pull out of Spanish football and may withdraw from the game with the next round of bidding for La Liga rights, according to financial daily El Español. According to the paper, citing unnamed sources, Mediapro boss Jaime Roures plans to refocus […]

Discovery teams up with Walter Presents for Italian drama service

Channel 4’s VOD service for foreign-language drama, Walter Presents, will be teaming up with Discovery Italia, to deliver its dramas to the territory. Italian audiences will receive the service from September 2018, joining UK, US and Australian services. Discovery Italia will feature Walter Presents dramas, with subtitles, through its Dplay service, where audiences can watch […]

France Télévisions forges programming alliance with ZDF

France Télévisions and Rai are to forge an alliance with ZDF that will encompass co-production, with the first projects to be unveiled at the Series Mania event in Lille on Thursday. The pact with Germany’s ZDF marks an extension of the alliance formed between the French and Italia public broadcasters last June, when the pair […]

Telecom Italia plays down report that Genish may quit if Elliott successful

Telecom Italia has contested a headline in the Sunday Telegraph that implied interim chief executive Amos Genish would quit if hedge fund Elliott Advisors wins its battle with Vivendi for control of the strategic direction of the telco. Telecom Italia characterised the headline – “Telecom Italia boss ‘ready to quite’ over activist” – rather than […]

Telecom Italia names new chief technology officer

Telecom Italia (TIM) has named Elisabetta Romano as its new chief technology officer. Romano, who will join the company on July 1, will report to CEO Amos Genish. She previously headed up Ericsson’s TV and media division before taking over as head of the technology outfit’s core networks division, focusing on the development of connectivity […]

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