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Mediaset wins Italian TV rights for Champions League soccer

MILAN (Reuters) - European soccer's governing body UEFA awarded television broadcaster Mediaset the exclusive rights to show in Italy all live Champions League matches and their highlights for the seasons between 2015-2018, the company said on Monday. UEFA awarded Italy's biggest commercial television broadcaster the rights for all live matches transmitted via Mediaset's pay-TV channels and also for selected matches that can be seen for free on its network.

Italy digital TV license auction seen by mid-year

ROME (Reuters) - Italy will probably hold its planned auction of digital television frequency licenses by the middle of the year, Deputy Industry Minister Antonio Catricala said on Wednesday. Three, 20-year licenses for so-called multiplex groups of channels transmitted on digital bandwidth are due to be auctioned, with the combined base price for the three blocs set at 90.75 million euros ($122.81 million), Catricala told a Senate hearing. "It is very likely that the operation will end up being completed by the summer," he said.

Mediaset considers partial sale of pay-TV businesses

MILAN (Reuters) - Mediaset, Italy's biggest commercial television broadcaster, is considering merging its pay-TV operations in its core Italian and Spanish markets, paving the way for a possible sale of a stake in the new company, it said on Wednesday. The plan envisages the creation of a new company holding 100 percent of Italian pay-TV business Mediaset Premium and the 22 percent stake Mediaset holds in Spain's Digital Plus, the company said.

Italian soccer in dire state as television weighs options

By Danilo Masoni and James Mackenzie MILAN (Reuters) - When Italy's cash-strapped soccer clubs meet on Monday to prepare for a new deal on broadcast rights, their deliberations will be colored by the unhappy knowledge that Italian football is in a dismal state and viewers are switching off.

Mediaset does not see any pay-tv partnership for time being

MILAN (Reuters) - Italy's biggest commercial broadcaster Mediaset said on Thursday it did not expect to forge any partnership for its unprofitable pay-TV unit Mediaset Premium at the moment. "We have a standalone plan, it's on track and we are not envisaging any pay-TV partnership for the time being," CFO Marco Giordani told analysts in a conference call after releasing first-half results that showed a lower net profit.

Spanish TV execs agree on need for public broadcasting

Avila, Spain, Jun 19 (EFE).- The news directors of Television Española (TVE), Antena 3 and Mediaset España agreed here Wednesday that public television is needed for coverage of important issues private profit-driven networks can't afford to cover. Julio Somoano, Gloria Lomana and Juan Pedro Valentin, respectively, commented during a roundtable discussion on television and news held as part of the Summer School organized by the Catholic University of Avila and La Razon newspaper.

Spanish fiction tries to make jump to TV internationally

Madrid, Mar 24 (EFE).- Classic Spanish television series like "Los Serrano," or current ones like "Gran Hotel" and "Cuentame" are seen across half the planet, but the country's fiction television producers want to make a qualitative leap with international coproduction seeking bigger budgets and new markets. Mediaset España will put this idea into practice with "Alatriste," a 13-part series it will produce along with Germany's Beta Films to present the adventures of the famous Spanish ex-soldier and mercenary of the 17th century who stars in the novels of Arturo Perez Reverte.
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