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Vivendi ‘set to launch’ Italian version of Canal+

Locked in an epic legal battle with its original preferred partner in the Italian market, Vivendi is set to launch a parallel TV initiative in partnership with Telecom Italia (TIM), according to French financial daily Les Echos. The report, which cites unnamed sources, claims Vivendi has decided to launch a premium channel, named Canale+, with […]

Mediaset returns to profit

Mediaset has bounced back into the black in the first quarter following its €294.5 million loss last year, which the company blamed squarely on “the turbulence” caused by French media giant Vivendi reneging on its deal with the Italian broadcaster. Mediaset’s success in clawing its way back to profit is due to its campaign of […]

Vivendi to fight Italian setback

Vivendi has said it will take “any appropriate legal action” – including a possible complaint to the European Commission – after watchdogs ruled that it must divest a yet-to-be-specified part of its stake either in Mediaset or in Telecom Italia to conform to the country’s media concentration rules. Italian regulator AGCOM ruled yesterday that Vivendi […]

Italian regulator to probe Vivendi’s Mediaset move

Italian antitrust watchdog AGCOM has stepped into the battle raging between Vivendi and Mediaset with a notice that it intends to investigate whether Vivendi’s move to acquire over 20% of the Italian broadcaster could be in breach of cross-ownership rules. According to AGCOM, the French media giant’s move could be in breach of a provision […]

Rai loses legal battle with Sky Italia

Italian public broadcaster RAI has lost its appeal against a court ruling that it should stop encrypting its services on satellite. RAI had encrypted a number of programmes including newscasts and the Italian national football team’s matches on Sky Italia’s platform. The country’s highest court, the Council of State, has now upheld a 2012 ruling […]

European Court clarifies rules on Italian TV ad rates

In an case originally brought by Sky Italia, the European Court of Justice has said it is permissible for national legislators to set different advertising rules for pay TV and free-to-air services. The ECJ said it was permissible provided that the ad rules are “proportionate” and it has returned the matter to the Tribunale Administrativo […]

Italian media coin crashes, down €1.6bn

Combined revenues of Italy’s media companies, including broadcasters and online players, fell by €1.6 billion (US$2.1 billion) last year, the territory’s media regulator reports. The year-on-year decline in 2012 meant total media companies’ revenue was €15.7 billion, according to AgCom’s annual report. This comes as Italy wrestles with political and economic turmoil following a series […]