TSI squares up to Mediaset, Sky

Swiss broadcaster defends position

MILAN — Swiss pubcaster TSI has said that it will contest any legal challenges from Italy over its broadcasting of Champions League soccer.

In Italy’s Northern Lombardy region, which boarders Switzerland, some homes are able to pick up Tsi programs including the soccer, which most Italians have to pay Sky Italia or Mediaset to watch — with an ordinary TV aerial.

Hence, the murmurs of legal action from the Media Partners group, which brokered the sale of the broadcast rights to the Swiss pubcaster.

A spokesman for Sky told Variety that it was unable to act on the matter and that Media Partners were addressing the situation.

He added: “Obviously there is concern that programs most Italians have to pay Sky or Mediaset to view are being made broadcast in this way.”

No one from Media Partners was available for comment on Friday. But Tsi’s sports director Andrea Wyden said the group’s broadcasts “vigorously conformed to European regulations.” He added that TSI had no plans to reduce the strength of its broadcast signal.