Mediaset


Mediaset faces Vivendi and ISS opposition to merger plan

Mediaset is facing shareholder opposition to its plans to merge with its Spanish offshoot and create a new pan-European holding company based in the Netherlands, with Vivendi and proxy advisory firm ISS indicating they will oppose the proposal. Mediaset shareholders are set to meet on September 4 to vote on the plan to create the […]

Rai and Mediaset should team up to take on Netflix, says ex-Rai chief

Italian public broadcaster Rai and commercial broadcaster Mediaset should team up to build a platform to take on the might of global tech giants such as Netflix, according to Antonio Campo Dall’Orto, the former director-general of Rai. Interviewed by Italian newspaper La Stampa, Dall’Orto, who served as Rai DG between 2015-17 and was previously EVP […]

ProSiebenSat.1 stays cool as Mediaset highlights European ambition

Signs of possible tension between Mediaset and ProSiebenSat.1 are emerging, according to German press reports following an interview given by the Italian broadcaster’s chief executive Pier Silvio Berlusconi to newspaper La Stampa. Berlusconi told the Italian newspaper that MediaForEurope, the new holding company set up in the Netherlands to control both Mediaset and Spanish broadcaster […]

Mediaset accepts Simon Fiducaria demand for inclusion

Italian broadcaster Mediaset has accepted a demand by shareholder Simon Fiducaria to be included in the special list of shareholders that qualify for double voting rights, subject to the outcome of a judicial process initiated by Simon. Mediaset shareholder Vivendi placed all of its holding in the broadcaster above a 10% threshold in Simon Fiducaria […]

Mediaset facing €60 million Telefónica bill over Mitele Plus

Mediaset is facing a €60 million per season bill from Telefónica should its Mitele Plus pay TV offer reach certain targets. The broadcaster is already paying €20 million per season for the rights to air La Liga, Europa League and Champions League matches. However, as reported by local paper El Economista, the contract’s small print […]

Spanish broadcasters facing a tough year as ad market declines

The Spanish free-to-air commercial TV business’s prospects seem increasingly bleak, according to analyses of the two leading groups in the market by investment bank Berenberg. Berenberg predicts that the overall Spanish advertising market will decline by 4% for the year even with a recovery in the second half. Berenberg analysts said that Atresmedia, owner of […]

Mediaset profits exceeding expectations as premium costs fall away

Mediaset’s preliminary half-year results have exceeded the company’s expectations, with operating profit jumping by 55% to €192 million and net profit rising by 155% to €109 million. The good news for the Italian broadcaster comes as total revenues decline, hit by the absence of ad revenues from the World Cup that boosted its 2018 figures, […]

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 […]

New Spanish OTT TV service Mitele Plus to offer La Liga football

Mediaset España’s OTT TV service Mitele Plus, which launches today, will include Spanish and international top-tier football. The subscription offering provides access to content already available via the broadaster’s free online servie Mitele but without advertising, with plans to introduce new exclusive content progressively. Mitele Plus is available for €2.50 a month or €25 for […]

Mediaset secures victory against Vimeo in latest copyright ruling

Mediaset has claimed another victory in its battle against copyright infringement by online video services with a legal judgement against Vimeo. The Court of Rome has ordered the online video portal to pay close to €5 million in damages and €80,000 in court costs after it was found guilty of hosting copyright material from the […]

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