Italy


Mediaset resists Vivendi’s move to call new shareholder meeting

Vivendi has secured a partial recognition by Mediaset of its claim to the right to participate in majority voting as a shareholder, subject to a legal ruling to come. However the Italian broadcaster has rejected its attempt to call a new extraordinary shareholders’ meeting to cancel a resolution approved in April giving long-term shareholders double […]

Mediaset hails court ruling against Vivendi’s Dailymotion

A Rome court has fined Vivendi-owned online video service Dailymotion €5.5 million for infringing Mediaset copyright by hosting some 995 videos without authorisation from 2006 onwards. The court also ordered Dailymotion to pay €100,000 in costs and imposed an additional penalty of €5,000 for each day that the offending videos remain on its site. The […]

Vivendi slams Mediaset internationalisation plan

Vivendi has explicitly criticised Mediaset’s plans to combine its Italian and Spanish units in a single Netherlands-based company as the foundation for the creation of a pan-European broadcast outfit. Vivendi, which directly holds a 9.6% stake in Mediaset and a further 19.9% through Simon Fiducaria, in which it was forced to vest the shares to […]

Serie A postpones decision on Mediapro offer

Italy’s Serie A has pushed back a decision on whether to accept Spanish broadcaster and producer Mediapro’s bid for top-tier football rights for the 2021-24 seasons. Mediapro, which was involved in an ultimately unsuccessful bid for the 2018-21 rights, has tabled €1.15 billion per season for the rights to matches for the three years from […]

Vivendi takes action and Mediaset moves to internationalise

Vivendi has taken legal action against Mediaset to assert its shareholder rights following attempts by the Italian broadcaster to block it from participating in shareholder meetings. Mediaset announced yesterday that it had received a writ of summons from Vivendi via a Milan court requesting the annulation of a resolution approved in April at an extraordinary […]

Under 20% of Italian homes are prepared for DVB-T2 changeover

As little as 18% (3.87 million) of Italian homes are ready for the switch to DVB-T2. According to Ugo Bordoni Foundation (FUB), 17.8 million households in Italy – 82% of the population – are not ready for the changeover.  The report claims that of the 21.6 million DTT Italian households, 25% are able to receive […]

Italian court rejects Rai appeal over Champions League

An Italian court has rejected an appeal by public broadcaster Rai over a disputed right to show Champions League football matches free-to-air, paving the way for an agreement between Sky and Mediaset to divide up matches between them to go ahead. Sky secured rights to the Champions League for the 2018-21 seasons in June 3017 […]

Genish resigns from Telecom Italia board

Amos Genish, the Vivendi-backed former CEO of Telecom Italia (TIM) who was ousted in a dramatic boardroom coup last November, has resigned from the TIM board. Genish, who was removed as CEO after a series of moves engineered by activist investor Elliott Management and its backers, will be replaced as a Vivendi representative on the […]

Sky Italia confirms Ibarra as CEO

Sky Italia has confirmed that KPN chief executive Maximo Ibarra is to be its new CEO. Confirmation of the appointment was widely expected after Ibarra resigned his position with the Dutch telco on Monday. KPN said that he had decided to leave after just over a year in the job for pressing family reasons and […]

Departing KPN chief Ibarra tipped to head Sky Italia

Maximo Ibarra, who has been hotly tipped to replace Andrea Zappia as CEO of Sky Italia, has resigned as chief executive of KPN. According to the Dutch telco’s statement, Ibarra has resigned for pressing family reasons and because he is to move back to Italy to “take up a new executive position”. Ibarra will continue […]

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