Mediaset denies reports of letter from Vivendi, but it is open to talks of alliance

Italian broadcaster Mediaset has denied reports that it received a letter from France’s Vivendi calling for a truce between the pair. The companies have been sparring over Mediaset’s long-held plans to create a pan-European media group – dubbed MediaForEurope (MFE) – with Vivendi opposing the move as a power grab. Vivendi, which owns 29% of […]

Mediaset benefits from Italian ad recovery

Mediaset has benefited from a strong recovery in the Italian advertising market in the third quarter, with the broadcaster’s ad sales in the country bouncing back with 4.7% growth. Overall, Mediaset posted revenues for the first nine months of the year of €1.723 billion, down from €2.03 billion last year. Revenues in Italy were down […]

Amazon eyes Italian Champions League rights

Amazon is reportedly eyeing a bid for the UEFA Champions League rights in Italy. According to Milano Finanza, the ecommerce giant is considering whether to take on Sky Italia in the bidding, with the Comcast-owned operator currently in the middle of a three-year €300 million rights deal for the Champions League and Europa League which […]

Europa+ launches in LATAM combining content from across continent

US-based media company Castalia Communications and Mexican investment fund Innokap have announced the launch of a new OTT service Europa+. The SVOD will bring popular TV programming from the UK, Germany, France, Italy, and other European countries to audiences in Latin America and the Caribbean. Predominantly targeted at European ex-pats and “lovers of European content […]

Vivendi and Mediaset move towards talks following ECJ ruling

Vivendi CEO Arnaud de Puyfontaine and Mediaset opposite number Pier Silvio Berlusconi are expected to resume contact imminently after Vivendi secured the overturning of an Italian media law that prevented it from exercising its full voting rights as a shareholder in the Italian group, according to press reports. According to Reuters, citing unnamed sources, an […]

TIM chief pours cold water on potential Mediaset stake in fibre network

Telecom Italia (TIM) CEO Luigi Gubitosi has dampened expectations that Mediaset might take a stake in the new Italian single fibre network operator announced last week. Speaking at the Ambrosetti Forum even in Cernobbio, Gubitosi said that expressions of interest from third parties would be “evaluated” but that the advantages of a content company participating […]

Vivendi secures new Dutch court victory in battle with Mediaset

Vivendi has hammered another nail in the coffin of Mediaset’s plan to merge its Italian and Spanish arms under a Dutch-registered holding company by winning an appeal in the Netherlands that resulted in a further suspension the project in that jurisdiction. The Dutch court ruling comes after Mediaset was forced to abandon its current merger […]

Mediaset rejects Vivendi overture with demand for compensation

Mediaset has rejected Vivendi’s latest overture to initiate peace talks following the Italian broadcaster’s abandonment of the current iteration of its plan for a cross-border merger after it suffered a legal defeat in Spain. Mediaset said that Vivendi had offered a mutual termination of pending legal cases brought by the pair against each other, but […]

Vivendi in fresh overture to Mediaset

Vivendi has contacted Mediaset senior management with a request to set up a meeting to find a path to a potential agreement that would settle outstanding disputes between the warring pair, according to press reports. According to Reuters, citing unnamed sources, Mediaset’s board will probably examine the request in the coming days. The latest overture […]

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