MILAN, Feb 27 (Reuters) - A judge decided on Tuesday to postpone a hearing between Italian broadcaster Mediaset and France’s Vivendi over a disputed pay-TV deal to Oct. 23, said Andrea Di Porto, the lawyer for Mediaset’s main shareholder Fininvest.
But Di Porto said mediation to try and reach an out-of-court agreement was “theoretically always possible”.
Mediaset, controlled by the family of former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, is seeking 3 billion euros ($3.70 billion) in damages from Vivendi after the French media giant backtracked from a deal to buy Mediaset’s struggling pay-TV unit Premium.
On Monday a Milan judge formally closed an attempt at mediation between the Italian broadcaster and Vivendi after no agreement was reached. ($1 = 0.8106 euros) (Reporting by Giancarlo Navach, writng by Stephen Jewkes; editing by Agnieszka Flak)