Vivendi is close to an agreement that would see the French media giant reduce its stake in Silvio Berlusconi’s Mediaset.
The legal battle between Mediaset and Vivendi is entering a new phase with the Italian private broadcaster claiming €3 billion in damages.
Italy’s communications regulator AGCOM has ruled that French media group Vivendi violated Italy’s media antitrust law by building up controlling stakes in broadcaster Mediaset and telecom operator Telecom Italia (TIM), and given Vivendi a 12 month deadline to reduce its stake in either one.
The Italian media regulator has asked the Lega Calcio to make changes to its guidelines for the selling of centralised media rights to the Serie A.
21st Century Fox is the largest media player in Italy, according to a study from the communications regulator Agcom.
Next spring, the development of digital terrestrial broadcasting in Italy will enter a new phase, with at least 12 new channels taking to the airwaves. It will be the result of a decision by the Italian communication authority AGCOM requiring three main DTT licence holders to rent out 40% of their capacity to third parties.