July 8, 2006 |
Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was charged Friday with false accounting, embezzlement and tax fraud in connection with his media empire's purchases of TV broadcast rights for U.S. movies, his lawyer said. British corporate lawyer David Mills, and the chairman of Berlusconi's Mediaset conglomerate, Fedele Confalonieri, also were indicted in the preliminary hearing, Berlusconi's lawyer Niccolo Ghedini said.
August 4, 1998 |
Mediaset, Italy's largest private television company, Rupert Murdoch's TV companies, Germany's Kirch Group and Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal are in talks to create a European TV powerhouse, officials at some of the companies said. One of the ideas under discussion involves the purchase of stakes in debt-laden Kirch, Germany's second-largest media company, by Mediaset; British Sky Broadcasting, England's biggest pay TV company, controlled by Murdoch's News Corp.
July 17, 1995 |
Murdoch Snubbed in Italy: Former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has agreed to sell a partial stake in his television empire to a consortium led by Saudi Prince al-Waleed bin Talal rather than to media baron Rupert Murdoch.