Mediaset posts first losses for 17 years

Italian broadcaster Mediaset has posted its first quarterly loss for 17 years, blaming a tough advertising market for the decline. Losses for the quarter ending September 30 amounted to €88.4 million, compared with a net profit of €1.4 million for the same period last year. Revenue from Mediaset’s pay TV platform over the first nine […]

Mediaset names Publitalia commercial chief

Mediaset has named Stefano Sala as commercial director of advertising arm Publitalia. Sala will take up his post on January 1, working alongside chairman and chief executive Giuliano Adreani. Sala is currently president and CEO of Gruppo M Italia.

Mediaset hits out at press coverage

Italian broadcaster Mediaset has struck out at what it sees as excessively negative press coverage of its first-half results. “Mediaset believes that the tone and the headlines of many business reports in the Italian press commenting on the company’s interim half yearly report for 2012 are simply unacceptable,” said the company. “The Mediaset Group reported […]

Tough times for Mediaset’s pay and ad businesses

Revenues from Mediaset’s pay TV platform declined slightly during the first half of the year. Mediaset Premium contributed revenues of €260.1 million for the six months ending June 30, compared with €263.9 million for the corresponding period last year. The Italian broadcaster saw revenues across its entire business decline to €2.3 billion from €2 billion. Mediaset […]

Mediaset Italia launches on KPN and Caiway

Mediaset Italia will get distributed in the Netherlands following the agreement of carriage deals with KPN and Caiway. The channel is a best-of offering showcasing content from Italian media group Mediaset’s domestic services and is represented by Chello Zone, which concluded the deals. On KPN, the channel will launch in the basic package.
 “These deals […]

Mediaset accelerates cost-cutting plans

Italy’s Mediaset is increasing the scope of its cost-cutting plan, according to wire reports. Quoting union officials, the reports said that the Berlusconi family controlled broadcaster will increase the scope of savings to be made under the three year plan by 60%, meaning total cuts of about €400 million. The commercial broadcaster is suffering the […]

Court says Rai must offer all programming unencrypted on Sky Italia

An Italian court has ruled that Italian broadcaster Rai must allow Sky Italia to broadcast its channels free-to-air. The two parties have been in a long-running dispute because Rai encrypts some its content on the Sky platform, including football matches and entertainment shows. Sky customers that want to watch encrypted programmes have to use a […]

Mediaset and Sky Italia strike deal on football rights

Mediaset and Sky Italia are to offer comprehensive Champions League and Europa League football coverage to their pay TV subscribers following a deal over the exchange of rights acquired separately from UEFA. Following the deal, both operators will be able to offer coverage of the matches of Italian teams in the two championships for the […]

RTL and Al Jazeera interested in Mediast’s pay channels

International broadcasters RTL Group and Al Jazeera have reportedly expressed an interest in acquiring Mediaset’s pay TV channels. The news, first reported by Italian newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore, comes after Pier Silvio Berlusconi, vice chairman of the Italian media company, said that a number of foreign investors had approached Mediaset, potentially interested in acquiring […]

Mediaset voices TV advertising concerns

A senior executive at Mediaset has said that the TV advertising market shows no signs of improving this year or next and that the Italian media giant faces renewed competition from Internet-focused rivals.
 Reuters reports Marco Paolini, strategic marketing director for Mediaset as saying: “We expect the advertising market will be very bad in 2012 […]