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Berlusconi vows to fight any Vivendi move to cut family role in Mediaset
December 14, 2016 / 5:54 PM / a year ago

Berlusconi vows to fight any Vivendi move to cut family role in Mediaset

MILAN (Reuters) - Silvio Berlusconi, top investor in Mediaset (MS.MI), vowed on Wednesday to fight any move by Vivendi (VIV.PA) to reduce his family’s role in the Italian broadcaster.

Italy's former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi (C) speaks at the end of his consultations with Italian President Sergio Mattarella at the Quirinale Palace in Rome, Italy December 10, 2016. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

Berlusconi spoke shortly before the French group announced it had increased its stake in Mediaset to 20 percent, having built its holding up in the past two days from an initial 3 percent, a move the Italian group has branded as hostile.

The former Italian prime minister said his family, which holds 39.8 percent of Mediaset’s voting rights through investment vehicle Fininvest, would continue to increase its stake in the Milan-based TV group.

Berlusconi added that Vivendi’s backtracking in July on a pay-TV deal was certainly not “the greatest visiting card” Vivendi could show to re-propose itself as industrial partner for the group.

Reporting by Giulia Segreti, editing by Stephen Jewkes

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