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Italy's Mediaset set to sign champions league deal with SKY Italia - sources

Italy's Mediaset set to sign champions league deal with SKY Italia - sources
FILE PHOTO: Sky logo is seen at the exterior of the Sky Italia buildings on the outskirts of Milan, Italy, April 27, 2016. REUTERS/ Stefano Rellandini -
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MILAN (Reuters) – Italy’s largest commercial broadcaster Mediaset <MS.MI> is close to signing a deal with Comcast’s SKY Italia to purchase free-to-air broadcasting rights of UEFA Champions League matches for the next two seasons, two sources close to the matter said on Thursday.

Under the agreement, Mediaset will be able to broadcast selected matches of Europe’s top soccer competition on its free-to-air channels.

SKY Italia, which bought UEFA Champions League broadcasting rights for the Italian market, will continue offer its clients all the matches on its pay TV platform.

One of the sources said the deal still needed to be signed-off.

(Reporting by Elvira Pollina, editing by Gisleda Vagnoni and Stephen Jewkes)

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