Mediaset


Atresmedia gains in pay TV but Mediaset wins overall in Spain

Spanish commercial broadcaster Atresmedia saw its pay TV base double to 235,000 in the first quarter, while  Atresplayer, the Group’s on-line video platform, had 3.3 million unique visitors, according to ComScore, putting it ahead of rival Mediaset España on both counts. Atresmedia Premium grew its base from 124,000 at the end of December. Mediaset España’s […]

Mediaset takes ProSiebenSat.1 stake up to concentration threshold

Mediaset has purchased an additional 4.1% of Germany’s ProSiebenSat.1 in a move that takes the Italian media group to within a hair’s breadth of the threshold that would trigger a concentration probe. The acquisition of share by Mediaset Italia gives Mediaset Group as a whole control of up to 24.9% of the voting rights in […]

ProSiebenSat.1 pulls financial guidance under coronavirus impact

ProSiebenSat.1 has become the latest media company to pull its financial guidance under pressure from the coronavirus crisis. ProSiebenSat.1 said it expected trading to be heavily impacted in the second quarter, with ad revenues falling by 40% year-on-year in April . The media group said it could not provide an outlook for the second quarter […]

Mediaset seeks watchdog OK that could see it up its stake in ProSiebenSat.1

Mediaset is seeking the approval of German competition regulator the Bundeskartellamt after admitting it intends to take a “significant competitive interest” in ProSiebenSat.1. Mediaset’s interest in the German broadcaster appears on a list of ongoing merger control proceedings published on the German competition regulator’s website. A green light from the Bundeskartellamt would enable the Italian […]

Mediaset buys up more of ProSiebenSat.1 fuelling merger speculation

Mediaset has effectively doubled its stake in German commercial broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 since last year with a fresh acquisition of shares by its Spanish unit, fuelling speculation about its intentions and the possibility of a takeover bid. The Italian media company announced yesterday that Mediaset España, its Spanish unit with which it plans to merge under […]

Mediaset facing ‘uncertain’ 2020 amid coronavirus outbreak

Italian broadcaster Mediaset is preparing for an “uncertain” 2020 amid Italy’s coronavirus outbreak, while also considering its stake in ProSiebenSat.1. Announcing its annual report, a statement from the broadcaster said that its visibility has diminished significantly in recent weeks due to the Covid-19 emergency” and that “it is not currently possible to make reliable forecasts […]

Sky Italia secures reversal of ban on exclusive Mediaset online deal

Sky Italia has secured a lifting of restrictions imposed on it by the Italian competition regulator over its deal with Mediaset. The watchdog last year imposed a three-year ban that stopped the pay TV operator from distributing exclusive content from Mediaset on its online platform. A regional administrative court has overturned the ban, which relates […]

Vivendi and Mediaset in move and countermove as merger battle rages on

Mediaset has withdrawn the filing of its Dutch merger project in the Netherlands in the face of the threat of fresh legal action by arch-rival Vivendi and has counterattacked by launching its own lawsuit. Mediaset said that the French media giant had threatened legal action on the grounds that the merger plan filed by Mediaset […]

Vivendi makes fresh legal move in Italy to stop Mediaset merger

Vivendi and Simon Fiduciaria, the company in which it has put the bulk of its stake in Mediaset in trust to meet Italian media ownership rules, have taken legal action in Italy to overturn a Milan court’s rejection of its bid to freeze the creation of a pan-European holding company that will house the merged […]

Dutch court rejects Vivendi move to stop Mediaset merger

Vivendi has suffered a reverse in its ongoing battle to prevent the creation of a new merged Mediaset group after a Dutch court rejected an attempt by the French media giant to have the creation of Mediaset’s proposed Dutch-registered holding company for the venture suspended. The court ruled that there were no grounds to suspend […]