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  1. May 28, 2014

    Berlusconi’s empire faces a tricky future without him

    One of the bigger losers of last weekend’s European elections was Italy’s Silvio Berlusconi, whose political party suffered...

  2. October 2, 2013

    Silvio Berlusconi weakened after U-turn on Letta support

    Silvio Berlusconi is famous for his last-minute twists and turns, but his volte face in parliament on Wednesday in suddenly...

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  1. August 26, 2013

    Italian stocks hit by fears of political uncertainty

    Italy’s FTSE MIB underperformed the broader pan-European FTSE Eurofirst 300 on Monday after renewed political uncertainty...

  2. August 6, 2013

    European media: putting on a good show

    For optimists who believe a European recovery is worth chasing, consider the region’s broadcasters. Their shares have gained...

  3. August 5, 2013

    Italy speculates that Marina Berlusconi is Silvio’s heiress apparent

    Silvio Berlusconi may have assured his small but adoring crowd of supporters that he is “not giving up” following his...

  4. August 2, 2013

    Q & A: Berlusconi verdict

    Italy’s supreme court on Thursday evening rejected Silvio Berlusconi’s final appeal against his conviction for tax fraud...

  5. August 2, 2013

    Berlusconi ruling fails to shake markets

    Shares in Silvio Berlusconi’s family-controlled Mediaset company fell by more than 3 per cent on Friday morning following...

  6. August 1, 2013

    Berlusconi prison sentence upheld by court

    Italy’s supreme court has rejected Silvio Berlusconi’s appeal against a conviction for tax fraud, upholding a four-year jail...

  7. July 28, 2013

    Italy in suspense as it waits for verdict on Berlusconi appeal

    Rarely has Italy’s elite been held in such suspense. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court is set to consider former prime minister...

  8. June 24, 2013

    Silvio Berlusconi found guilty in sex trial

    Silvio Berlusconi has been sentenced to seven years in prison and banned from holding public office for life at the...

  9. May 8, 2013

    Berlusconi loses appeal in tax fraud case

    Silvio Berlusconi, former prime minister and billionaire media mogul, has lost his appeal against a four-year jail sentence...

  10. March 27, 2013

    Mediaset: in an ad slump

    Mediaset was always an investment for those with a strong stomach. Former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi controls the...

  11. March 26, 2013

    Mediaset experiences first annual loss

    Falling advertising revenue in Italy dragged Mediaset to its first annual loss since the broadcaster owned by former prime...

  12. February 25, 2013

    Mediaset gives poll mixed reception

    European indices swung from multi-session highs to more modest gains as Italy’s election gripped markets Monday. “I am...

  13. January 7, 2013

    Berlusconi fights back with rightwing alliance

    Silvio Berlusconi, former Italian prime minister, is planning “guerrilla warfare” in parliament after elections next month,...

  14. November 13, 2012

    Mediaset posts first net loss in 17 years

    Mediaset in the third quarter posted its first net loss in 17 years as a listed company as the European financial crisis...

  15. October 26, 2012

    Berlusconi sentenced to four years

    A Milan court on Friday sentenced Silvio Berlusconi, the former Italian prime minister, to four years in prison for tax...

  16. September 20, 2012

    Media: Changing channels bring risks

    From broadcasters to music labels and book publishers to newspapers, consumer habits are changing – and fast. This is...

  17. August 1, 2012

    Mediaset shares drop on gloomy outlook

    Mediaset shares dropped 11 per cent after the television company owned by Silvio Berlusconi, Italy’s former prime minister,...

  18. May 24, 2012

    Picture looks bleak for Italy’s Mediaset

    Nero, the ancient Roman emperor, realised his number was up when he dreamt of being suffocated by a swarm of flying ants....

  19. May 9, 2012

    Mediaset investors spooked by results

    Mediaset shares plunged in Milan after the television empire owned by Silvio Berlusconi, the former Italian prime minister,...

  20. March 13, 2012

    Endemol debt deal could smooth restructuring

    Lenders to Endemol have agreed a deal that looks set to smooth the path of a debt for equity restructuring that will leave...

  21. February 3, 2012

    Berlusconi: vacuum salesman to prime minister

    September 1936: Born in Milan to middle-class family Early life: During his studies he earns a reputation as a crooner,...

  22. January 19, 2012

    Endemol finds support for restructuring

    Endemol, the maker of the Big Brother reality TV programmes, has reached a milestone in attempts to free it from about...

  23. January 19, 2012

    Endemol

    On tonight’s episode of Celebrity Leveraged Buy-Out – how Endemol was brought low by delusions of grandeur. The maker of Big...

  24. January 13, 2012

    Spain opens door to cuts at TV stations

    Spain laid the foundations for swingeing cuts to the country’s vast network of regional television stations on Friday, two...

  25. November 30, 2011

    Sky Italia pulls out of digital frequency race

    Sky Italia, a subsidiary of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp, has pulled out of a contest to assign new digital terrestrial...

  26. November 29, 2011

    European stocks up after Italy auction

    High yields on Italian government bonds failed to deter investors on Tuesday as the FTSE Eurofirst 300 nudged up 0.8 per...

  27. November 24, 2011

    Mediaset in joint bid to buy Endemol

    Mediaset, Silvio Berlusconi’s media empire, has put in a joint bid for Endemol, the indebted Dutch TV producer behind Big...

  28. November 21, 2011

    Maghreb’s new TV stations face commercial realities

    Freedom of expression was one of the rallying cries of the Tunisian revolution and, following the ousting of Zein al-Abidine...

  29. November 17, 2011

    French banks bear brunt of debt turmoil

    French equities were hit hardest as European equities edged lower on Thursday, with high eurozone debt yields again...

  30. November 11, 2011

    Italian and Greek politics cheer markets

    Political breakthroughs in Italy and Greece triggered a Europe-wide rally on Friday afternoon that gave European indices a...

  31. November 9, 2011

    Berlusconi’s travails knock Mediaset

    In the hours before Silvio Berlusconi pledged to resign as Italy’s prime minister late on Tuesday, investors in his media...

  32. November 9, 2011

    Exposure to bonds hits Europe’s banks

    A sharp jump in Italian bond yields sent European equities tumbling on Wednesday, hitting banks with large exposures to...

  33. November 8, 2011

    Endemol set to reject prospective bidders

    Endemol and its lenders are set to rebuff recent approaches for the indebted television production group behind Big Brother...

  34. November 8, 2011

    Respite for Greek banks as focus turns to Rome

    The future of Silvio Berlusconi, the Italian prime minister, dominated European equities on Tuesday in the aftermath of a...

  35. November 4, 2011

    Time Warner makes €1bn approach for Endemol

    Time Warner has made an approach worth about €1bn for Endemol, the indebted television production group behind Big Brother...

  36. September 27, 2011

    Prisa’s €3.5bn net debt could force asset sales

    Prisa could be forced into selling prized assets to trim its €3.5bn ($4.8bn) net debt pile as the company’s founding Polanco...

  37. September 25, 2011

    Rome berated over digital TV allocation

    Italy’s centre-right government is under fire for the way it plans to assign digital television frequencies. Critics said...

  38. September 22, 2011

    Italy downgrades growth forecasts

    Italians have been warned not to expect more than meagre growth in their debt-strapped economy over the next two years as...

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