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Mediaset blames Vivendi for losses

Mediaset chief executive Pier Silvio Berlusconi has blamed the collapse of the Italian broadcaster’s pay TV deal with Vivendi for its record €294.5 million (US$316.6 million) loss last year. Speaking to journalists in Italy, Berlusconi said that if Vivendi had honoured its side of the deal to take control of Mediaset Premium, the company would […]

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 […]

Canal+’s Pujol promoted to C8 programme chief

France’s Canal+ has put Vincent Pujol in charge of free-to-air channel C8. Pujol is promoted from head of scheduling at C8 and another digital free TV network, CStar, to programme director. He will report to Franck Appietto, who became managing director of C8 a year ago as part of a restructuring that handed in control […]

Vivendi CEO: ‘no resolution’ in Mediaset stalemate

Attempts to find a resolution to the battle between Vivendi and Mediaset have so far failed, according to the French media giant’s CEO Arnaud de Puyfontaine, speaking to the Financial Times. Despite press speculation in recent weeks that a new deal was in the offing, there has been no discussion between the pair since July […]

Mediaset acquisitions chief lands Premium job

Mediaset has named Marco Leonardi as the new CEO of its struggling pay TV unit, Mediaset Premium. Leonardi, who is currently head of acquisition and sales rights at Mediaset, will replace Franco Ricci, who has decided to pursue new professional opportunities outside the group. Mediaset said the appointment was to be seen as part of […]

Mediaset ‘still open to right Vivendi deal’

Mediaset is still open to a deal with France-based Vivendi that “creates value”, but no proposal is currently on the table, according to Pier Silvio Berlusconi. Speaking to Italian journalists in London, where Mediaset presented its investment strategy up to 2020 this week, Berlusconi (pictured) said that the Italian media group had “not received any […]

Sub-Saharan pay TV set to boom

The number of pay TV customers in Sub-Saharan Africa will almost double between 2016 and 2022, according to new research. A Digital TV Research report claims that the total will climb from 19.47 million pay TV subscribers across 35 countries at the end of 2016 to 36.72 million by 2022, with the proportion of pay […]

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 […]

Vivendi continues hostile Mediaset stake build

Vivendi is continuing its hostile bid to acquire a significant stake in Mediaset. The French media giant announced yesterday that it had now passed the 20% threshold of ownership in the Italian broadcaster. Industry observers have been taken by surprise by the speed with which Vivendi has upped its stake in Mediaset, and the French […]

Mediaset war intensifies as Vivendi builds stake

The battle between Vivendi and Mediaset has entered a new phase, with Vivendi revealing that it now owns 12.32% of the Italian media group and Mediaset’s owner Fininvest filing a complaint over what it views as “market manipulation” on the part of the French group. Vivendi announced yesterday that it had passed the 5% and […]