Mediaset


Vivendi takes legal action to preserve right to vote against MediaForEurope plan

Vivendi has confirmed that it plans to vote against the planned merger of Mediaset into a new MediaForEurope (MFE) holding company along with Mediaset España. The French media group has also filed a request with the Court of Milan to issue an urgent order aimed at preserving its right to both attend Mediaset’s planned EGM […]

Mediaset takes MediaForEurope battle with Vivendi to regulator

Mediaset has taken its battle with shareholder Vivendi to Italian markets regulator CONSOB with a complaint that the French media giant was attempting to manipulate Mediaset’s share price downwards. Mediaset referred specifically to a report published by Bloomberg this week, citing unnamed sources, that indicated that Vivendi was prepared to vote against the Italian media […]

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 […]