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Italy's cabinet approved a draft law yesterday aimed at breaking the TV duopoly of state broadcaster RAI and Mediaset SpA, the media empire controlled by former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi. The bill would force the companies, which together operate six of seven main national TV stations, to move one existing terrestrial channel each onto digital TV, freeing up the airwaves to other operators and potentially denting their own advertising revenues. Telecommunications Minister Paolo Gentiloni said the bill was not meant to be punitive but to encourage the digitalization of television and stop the duopoly. MS (Milan) rose 1 euro cent (1.4 cents) to €8.65. Reuters

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