Italy’s Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s control over television broadcasting in Italy goes against European democratic standards, the Open Society Justice Initiative has argued in a brief filed today with the European Court of Human Rights.
News Corp has said it will approach the European Commission after a Rome court said it could do nothing to prevent Mediaset from refusing to take advertising for Sky Italia.
Italy’s antitrust authority has given its approval to the football authority’s pay-TV rights sale following a concession by Lega Calcio.
Mediaset’s Elettronica Industriale has renewed its leases with Eutelsat on Atlantic Bird 3 (5 degrees West) for DTT distribution across Italy.
The Italian government has approved a draft bill that would cut the amount of advertising that can be shown by pay-TV channels.
A court in Rome has ordered YouTube to immediately remove all Mediaset content from its website including portions from the Italian version of ‘Big Brother’.
The Spanish telecoms giant Telefonica is set to take a 20% stake in the DTH platform Digital+. According to reports in the Spanish press, the deal will be worth between €400-450 million.
13.00 Update: Mediaset has filed a suit with the Italian Antitrust Authority claiming that Sky Italia’s USB key is in breach of national and international competition regulations.
Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp has said it will launch Cielo, a new free-to-air digital TV channel, in Italy on the digital terrestrial network. Slated for a December debut, Cielo (which is Italian for Sky) will compete with Berlusconi’s Mediaset.
A Milan court hearing into the refusal by Silvio Berlusconi’s Mediaset to carry advertising from Sky Italia has ended with both sides claiming victory.