Mediaset to spin-off premium pay arm

Mediaset is to spin off its premium pay TV arm into a new company on December 1, following its sale of a stake in the venture to Telefónica. Telefónica is expected to close its acquisition of an 11.11% stake in the venture before the end of this month, leaving the remaining 88.89% in the hands […]

Buyers Briefing: Andrea Scrosati, Sky Italia

Name: Andrea Scrosati Title: Executive VP,  programming, news and partner channels, Sky Italia. As the Italian business prepares to become part of Sky Europe, Sky Italia’s Andrea Scrosati talks to TBI about its programming strategy, increased investment in original drama and entertainment, and what’s coming up at the Italian pay TV platform.   How was MIPCOM […]

Mediaset distances itself from Fede scandal

Italian broadcaster Mediaset has moved to distance itself from an emerging scandal surrounding Emilio Fede, the former head of the broadcaster’s news service TG4. According to La Stampa newspaper, Fede is being investigated for allegedly being in possession of compromising photos – which may have been a photomontage – of Mediaset’s head of information, Mauro […]

Mediaset channel goes global online

Mediaset-owned Italian international channel Mediaset Italia is available as an online service from today. Mediaset Italia Online will be available globally for viewing computers, tablets or smartphones, offering a mix of lives sports events, content from news service TG5, series, movies and entertainment shows. The service is available for a subscription that varies from territory […]

EC leaves Canal+ call to local watchdog

The European Commission is to leave a decision on the acquisition of Canal+ España by Telefónica to Spanish competition watchdog the CMNC. The development comes as the CEO of Vodafone Spain warned of the risk of Telefónica gaining a dominant position in the pay TV market in the country through the deal. The CNMC’s chairman […]

Analysis: Telefonica’s TV content carrot

Spanish telecoms company and former Endemol owner Telefonica is embroiled in a fight to acquire the Brazilian telco arm of France’s Vivendi, and a mysterious TV content deal could see it land a knockout blow to rival Telecom Italia, writes Jesse Whittock. Telecoms companies are increasing understanding the value strong programming and content can have […]

Telefónica takes Mediaset stake

Mediaset has agreed to sell an 11.11% stake in its Italian pay TV unit to Telefónica. This is part of a wider agreement that will also see the Italian media giant sell its 22% in Spanish pay TV operator Canal+ to the Spanish telecom leader. Telefónica has agreed to invest €100 million (US$136 million) in […]

Mediaset signs up for Rising Star

Mediaset’s Canale 5 channel will air an Italian version of Keshet International format Rising Star. Keshet had already announced that an Italian version of Rising Star had been agreed, amid a flurry of deals for the interactive singing competition format at last year’s MIPCOM. However the broadcaster was not known and has now been revealed […]

Mediaset set to offload Canal+ stake

Mediaset executive vice-president Piersilvio Berlusconi has given the strongest indication yet that his group will sell its 22% stake in Spain’s Canal+ to Telefónica ahead of Friday’s deadline, possibly as part of a wider strategic agreement with the Spanish telco. Speaking to journalists at a presentation of the group’s autumn schedules, Berlusconi said that, while […]

Telefónica moves for Mediaset’s Canal+ stake

Telefónica has offered €295 million (US$400 million) to acquire Mediaset’s 22% stake in Spanish pay TV operator Canal+. The move to take full control of Digital+ follows Telefónica’s announcement of its agreement for the acquisition of Spanish media group Prisa’s 56% stake in the operator, formerly known as Digital+, for €750 million at the beginning […]