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Politics Silvio Berlusconi

  • BERLIN, Jan 24- Germany's centre-left Social Democrats nominated former European Parliament president Martin Schulz on Tuesday as their candidate to run against Angela Merkel for the post of chancellor in September's national election. Opinion polls suggest Schulz, 61, has a better chance than Gabriel- though still very small- of unseating the...

  • BERLIN, Jan 24- Former European Parliament president Martin Schulz looks set to challenge conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel in September's national election after the leader of Germany's Social Democrats said he would stand aside to boost the party's chances. Opinion polls suggest Schulz has a better chance than Gabriel- though still very small- of...

  • PARIS/ LONDON/ MILAN, Jan 20- French media group Vivendi could resume talks with Mediaset but only if the Italian broadcaster drops legal action against it, several sources said on Friday. The focus of any talks would have to be determined, they told Reuters, but would involve Mediaset's Premium TV unit and possibly other assets of the Italian group controlled by...

  • PARIS/ LONDON/ MILAN, Jan 20- French media group Vivendi could resume talks with Mediaset but only if the Italian broadcaster drops legal action against it, several sources said on Friday. The focus of any talks would have to be determined, they told Reuters, but would involve Mediaset's Premium TV unit and possibly other assets of the Italian group controlled by...

  • SAO PAULO, Jan 6- Israeli businessman Amos Genish was vital to Vivendi SA's successful foray in Brazil a few years ago. His appointment this week as Vivendi's first chief convergence officer comes as global media companies bet on megadeals to increase their presence in entertainment-rich regions like the Americas, Europe and Asia while struggling to make...

  • PARIS/ ROME, Dec 22- Vivendi raised its stake in Mediaset further on Thursday, to 28.8 percent, while Italian politicians voiced their concerns over what the French media group's intentions might be regarding the Italian TV broadcaster. The move has angered Italy's government and escalated a spat between the two companies, which started after Vivendi...

  • PARIS/ MILAN, Dec 21- Vivendi's Chief Executive Arnaud de Puyfontaine will meet Italian financial markets regulator Consob in Rome on Friday following complaints over the French media group's stakebuilding in TV broadcaster Mediaset, said two sources close to the matter. Since revealing it held a 3 percent stake in Mediaset last week Vivendi has rapidly...

  • PARIS/ MILAN, Dec 21- Vivendi Chief Executive Officer Arnaud de Puyfontaine will meet Consob Italian market regulators in Rome on Friday, following complaints lodged by Italian broadcaster Mediaset, said two sources close to the matter. Since revealing a 3 percent stake in Mediaset last week, Vivendi has rapidly tightened its grip on the Milan- based TV company,...

  • PARIS, Dec 20- Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano said on Tuesday that he was "very concerned" by Vivendi's moves to increase its stake in Italian broadcaster and media group Mediaset and called for respect of market rules. "This is something that concerns the whole of the Italian system, not just one company," said Alfano, speaking at a briefing in Paris with...

  • Vivendi, led by French billionaire and corporate raider Vincent Bollore, became Mediaset's No. 2 shareholder behind Fininvest- the holding company of former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi- when it reached an initial goal of building a 20 percent stake this week. The Italian government cautioned Vivendi against mounting a hostile takeover bid for Mediaset,...

  • *Stake-building totalled about 800 mln euros- sources. PARIS/ LONDON, Dec 16- Vivendi mandated BNP Paribas and Natixis in an 800 million-euro raid on Mediaset to seize a 20 percent stake in the Italian broadcaster earlier this week, according to two sources close to the matter. The two transactions turned Vivendi into Mediaset's second-biggest shareholder...

  • LONDON, Dec 16- Rupert Murdoch's bid for Britain's Sky is expected to drive traditional European media players to do their own deals to attain the scale they need to compete with online platforms like Netflix for increasingly costly programmes. While Twenty-First Century Fox's offer for Sky is not a done deal, bankers and industry sources expect it will win...

  • LONDON, Dec 16- Rupert Murdoch's bid for Britain's Sky is expected to drive traditional European media players to do their own deals to attain the scale they need to compete with online platforms like Netflix for increasingly costly programmes. While Twenty-First Century Fox's offer for Sky is not a done deal, bankers and industry sources expect it will win...

  • LONDON, Dec 16- Rupert Murdoch's bid for Britain's Sky is expected to drive traditional European media players to do their own deals to attain the scale they need to compete with online platforms like Netflix for increasingly costly programs. While Twenty-First Century Fox's offer for Sky is not a done deal, bankers and industry sources expect it will win...

  • LONDON, Dec 16- Rupert Murdoch's bid for Britain's Sky is expected to drive traditional European media players to do their own deals to attain the scale they need to compete with online platforms like Netflix for increasingly costly programs. While Twenty-First Century Fox's offer for Sky is not a done deal, bankers and industry sources expect it will win...

  • *About 10 investors from Asia, Europe, U.S. bid for Imagina. MADRID, Dec 16- French media tycoon Vincent Bollore is bidding for a stake in Spain's largest sports broadcasting rights firm at the same time as facing off with former Italian president Silvio Berlusconi for control of Mediaset. They are from Asia, Europe and the U.S., "said one of the sources directly...

  • MILAN, Dec 15- Mediaset shares fell on Thursday after France's Vivendi said it had reached its initial goal of amassing a 20 percent stake in Italy's biggest private broadcaster. Vivendi Chairman Vincent Bollore is interested in Mediaset as part of his plan to create a southern European media group but he has fallen out spectacularly with Mediaset's founder,...

  • PARIS, Dec 14- French billionaire Vincent Bollore raised the stakes in his battle with former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi on Wednesday, buying a fifth of Berlusconi's Mediaset broadcaster in a hostile raid that drew the ire of Rome. Italian Industry Minister Carlo Calenda said in a statement that Mediaset operated in a strategic sector, chiming...

  • PARIS, Dec 14- French billionaire Vincent Bollore raised the stakes in his battle with former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi on Wednesday, buying a fifth of Berlusconi's Mediaset broadcaster in a hostile raid that drew the ire of Rome. Italian Industry Minister Carlo Calenda said in a statement that Mediaset operated in a strategic sector, chiming...

  • PARIS, Dec 14- French billionaire Vincent Bollore raised the stakes in his battle with former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi on Wednesday, buying a fifth of Berlusconi's Mediaset broadcaster in a hostile raid that drew the ire of Rome. Italian Industry Minister Carlo Calenda said in a statement that Mediaset operated in a strategic sector, chiming...