Italian media conglomerate Mediaset, controlled by Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, faces a new competition probe.
Last month EC competition chief Neelie Kroes and Italy's anti-trust authority launched an investigation into subsidies given to consumers by Mediaset and state broadcaster RAI to buy or rent digital television receivers.
Now Italy's anti-trust authority has launched a probe into Mediaset's purchase of digital frequencies from Europa TV, allowing it to start broadcasting to mobile phones in the second half of 2006. Europa TV was controlled by Franco-Tunisian film producer Tarak ben Ammar and French broadcaster TF1.
The anti-trust authority said the frequencies would create a third digital multiplex in the Italian TV market, further strengthening Mediaset's position in digital terrestrial television.
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