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Hispasat’s new buyer borrows €500m

Red Eléctrica has organised a €500 million credit line in order to partly fund its purchase of Spanish satellite operator Hispasat. Red Eléctrica, in a statement, said the funding was…

BBC Studios, Discovery complete UKTV deal

BBC Studios, Discovery complete UKTV deal

BBC Studios, the Corporation’s commercial subsidiary, and multichannel programmer Discovery have confirmed the close of the UKTV transaction, announced on April 1st, 2019. Discovery formally takes over control of lifestyle…

The market speaks on Mediaset

As reported yesterday, Mediaset is planning to merge its Italian and Spanish broadcasting operations into a new Dutch holding company: MediaforEurope (MFE), which will also be home for the 9.6…

Mediaset merges Italian and Spanish operations

The boards of directors of Italy’s Mediaset and Mediaset España have agreed to merge the two companies into a new holding company called MediaForEurope (MFE). The new pan-European parent company…

Could DirecTV and Dish merge?

There has been widespread gossip in recent days that DirecTV and Dish Network might be ripe for some sort of merger. A Bloomberg report on June 7th said that while…

Persidera gets new owners

Telecom Italia (TIM) and Italian publishing group GEDI have reached an agreement to sell broadcast infrastructure and services unit Persidera for €240 million. The buyers are infrastructure investment fund F2i…

Vivendi raises €2bn for M7 buy

Vivendi has placed a €2.1 billion bond to finance the acquisition of M7 by its Canal+ unit. The bond, which Vivendi says was 2.5 times over-subscribed, matures in thirds at…

UPC Switzerland buy goes to Swiss regulator

Sunrise’s planned acquisition of UPC Switzerland from Liberty Global is to be reviewed by regulator COMCO. Sunrise said the referral was ‘expected’. COMCO said that its preliminary examination of the…

United Group acquires Tele2 Croatia

United Group, South Eastern Europe’s leading telecoms and media business, has agreed to acquire Tele2 Croatia for an enterprise value of €220 million. The transaction is expected to close before…

Avanti Q1 revenues at $14.3m

Avanti Q1 revenues at $14.3m

London-based speciality satellite operator Avanti Communications has reported its revenues for the first quarter (to March 31st) were $14.3 million (€12.8m), with an EBITDA of $4.6 million. The operator ended…

Euro-FTA broadcasters: Undervalued or desperate?

A timely note from media analysts at Deutsche Bank questioned moves by some commercial broadcasters and, in particular, Mediaset’s purchase of a 9.6 per cent “friendly” stake in Germany’s ProSiebenSat1.…

Mediaset takes 9.6% stake in ProSiebenSat.1

Mediaset takes 9.6% stake in ProSiebenSat.1

Mediaset has acquired a 9.6 per cent stake in the German broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 Media, corresponding to up to 9.9 per cent of the voting rights, excluding treasury stocks. Mediaset Italia…

Sony circles Zee stake

Sony Entertainment TV is – again – said to be close to buying a stake in Subhash Chandra’s Essel Group which would give Sony a majority stake in India’s major…

Canal+ Group to acquire M7

Canal+ Group to acquire M7

In a move that will see it expand into seven new European countries, the Canal+ Group is to acquire pay-TV operator M7 for a purchase price of just over €1…

M6 acquires Lagardère’s TV business for €215m

M6 acquires Lagardère’s TV business for €215m

French commercial TV group M6 has acquired Lagardère’s FTA and pay-TV Networks – with the exception of classical music and ballet channel Mezzo – for €215 million. The groups have…

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