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ProSiebenSat.1 deepens ties with MFE

ProSiebenSat.1 is upping ties with MediaForEurope as it faces an advertising downturn and competition from SVoDs. Bert Habets, CEO of the German TV network, told the FT that “meaningful co-operation” on advertising, technology and even content was underway with MFE, which is ProSieben’s largest shareholder.  A pan-European broadcast group is the longstanding ambition of Pier […]

September 25, 2023

Berlusconi empire split between children

Silvio Berlusconi’s eldest children, Marina and Pier Silvio, will jointly share majority control of his business empire the former Italian prime minister’s will reveals. Marina and Pier Silvio Berlusconi, who both already have executive roles in parts of the business, will hold equal stakes jointly adding up to around 53 per cent in the Fininvest […]

July 6, 2023

MFE-MediaForEurope profit down

MFE-MediaForEurope has reported a net profit at group level of €216.9 million, down from €374.1 million in 2021 but an increase of 14 per cent on the pre-Covid 2019. Net profit at parent company MFE was €27.4 million, a significant drop on the net profit of €214.1 million a year earlier. Consolidated net revenues amounted […]

April 20, 2023

MFE wants control of ProSiebenSat.1

Berlusconi family-controlled MediaForEurope (MFE) is looking to take majority control of German commercial broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1. MFE filed its formal notification at Austria’s Federal Competition Authority (Bundeswettbewerbsbehörde) on December 13th. The filing talks about the “acquisition of de facto sole control” of the German media business. Investment bank Exane/BNPP suggests this could be a difficult move […]

December 20, 2022By Chris Forrester

Bank: Concerns for ProSiebenSat.1

German commercial free-to-air broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 Media issued reduced guidance for its Full Year revenues and financials on October 28th. The news prompted analysts at investment bank Berenberg to review its own position and advice. The bank also suggested that ProSiebenSat.1’s conversations with MediaForEurope (MFE) might “now accelerate”. Berenberg maintains its “HOLD” advice. “While the magnitude […]

November 1, 2022

MFE H1 revenues steady despite economy

Despite a context of geo–political and economic crises, characterised by increased inflation, an energyemergency and a fall in consumer confidence, MFE – MediaForEurope has reported its accounts in the first six months of 2022 were not significantly affected thanks to “an immediate response by management”. Consolidated net revenues were up compared with the same period […]

September 28, 2022

MFE appoints Behrends to lead DACH

MFE-MediaForEurope has announced the appointment of Katharina Behrends as General Manager for the German speaking region (DACH). She will join the company on October 1st. Behrends will oversee MFE’s corporate engagement and activities in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Over the past 15 years, Behrends has held several leadership positions at NBC Universal Networks, where, in […]

September 23, 2022

Berlusconi eyes Channel 4

MediaForEurope (MFE), controlled by the family of Silvio Berlusconi, will certainly look at Channel 4 when it is put up for sale, its CFO Marco Giordani has declared. The UK government plans to sell Channel 4, but the necessary legislation still needs to be passed and it faces stiff opposition. But if it does go […]

June 30, 2022

MFE ups Mediaset cash offer

MediaForEurope (MFE – the renamed Mediaset) has upped by 16 per cent the cash part for its bid for its own Spanish-listed subsidiary Mediaset Espana. MFE said that the share consideration was unchanged and claimed that Mediaset Espana was now recommending MFE‘s improved offer. MFE said it would offer 4.5 of its ordinary A shares […]

June 7, 2022

Berlusconi Mediaset takeover OK’d

Media tycoon Silvio Berlusconi’s MediaforEurope (MFE) has received authorisation from Stock Market regulator CNMV (Comisión Nacional del Mercado de Valores) to control 100 per cent of Mediaset Spain . Already owner of a 55.69 per cent share, MFE is now taking 33.31 per cent at €258 million, plus a share exchange totalling a 100 per […]

May 27, 2022From David Del Valle in Madrid