Mediaset unveils plans for free-to-air movie channel Cine 34

Local Italian media outlets are reporting that leading broadcasting group Mediaset is planning to launch a new free-to-air TV channel dedicated to home-grown Italian cinema. Called Cine 34, the new channel will be launched on January 20, 2020. According to information provided by Mediaset to advertising clients, every day of the week will dedicated to […]

Vivendi and Mediaset fail to strike deal

Vivendi and Mediaset failed to strike an deal on Friday following over a week of speculation that the pair were close to an agreement that would have seen Vivendi sell the stake in the Italian broadcaster that it holds indirectly through a trust arrangement. Mediaset said that “despite strenuous efforts”, attempts at a reconciliation between […]

Vivendi and Mediaset ‘closing in on agreement’

Vivendi and Mediaset are reported to be closing in on an agreement that could see the French media giant sell part of its stake in Mediaset, though uncertainty remains over whether a deal will be struck.  Reuters reported yesterday that the two sides were close to a deal that would see Vivendi sell the 19.19% […]

Vivendi and Mediaset struggling to find common ground ahead of postponed court hearing

With the clock ticking ahead of a court hearing in Milan postponed from last week, Vivendi and Mediaset appear to be struggling to agree a price acceptable for the indirect stake in the Italian broadcaster held by Vivendi through Simon Fiduciaria that is acceptable to both.  Mediaset CEO Pier Silvio Berlusconi had said at the […]

Vivendi and Mediaset gain another week, EGM set for January 10

The Milan court considering Vivendi’s case against Mediaset’s plan to merge its Italian and Spanish operations has adjourned a hearing due to be held at the end of last week until next Friday, giving the parties an additional week to come to some kind of agreement.   Mediaset’s board has meanwhile called for an EGM […]

Vivendi open to selling indirect Mediaset stake to find compromise

Vivendi is willing to selling the 19.19% stake held in Mediaset through Simon Fiduciaria, operating as a blind trust, as a ‘goodwill gesture’ to open the way to an agreement with Mediaset.  Confirming a story from Bloomberg, sources familiar with the situation told Digital TV Europe that they believe Vivendi is open to selling the […]

Time running out for Mediaset and Vivendi with no deal in sight

Mediaset and Vivendi are struggling to come to a deal over their long-standing legal battle. According to four Reuters sources, the companies have so far failed to reach any agreements that would allow them to drop a number of pending lawsuits with a deadline looming.  The companies are due in court on November 22, following […]

Vivendi reportedly ready to reduce Mediaset stake

Vivendi could reduce its stake in Mediaset, according to sources close to the matter. As reported by Reuters, three sources have said that Vivendi is ready to slightly withdraw from the Berlusconi-controlled Italian media company in order to end the pair’s ongoing legal row. Vivendi, which currently holds a 29% stake in Mediaset, is opposed […]

ProSiebenSat.1 CEO plays down Mediaset merger, focuses on collaboration

Max Conze, CEO of ProSiebenSat.1, has played down talks of a merger with Mediaset. The comments were made in light of the Italian operator’s decision to increase its stake in ProSiebenSat.1 to 15.1%. The CEO instead said that the German broadcaster is more interested in collaborating with Mediaset.  Reuters reports that while speaking at the […]

Mediaset España and Atresmedia fined €77 million by CNMC

Mediaset España and Atresmedia have been fined a collective €77.1 million for anti-competitive practices in Spain. The Spanish antitrust watchdog CNMC said that the fine pertained to the marketing of television advertising. Both companies, the body said, had developed a strategy in the selling of TV advertising which led to a market share of over […]

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