Al Jazeera interested in Italian merger

Qatari pay-TV broadcaster, Al Jazeera, is eyeing a possible tie-up with the Italian commercial broadcaster, Mediaset’s pay-TV venture, Mediaset Premium.

“Mediaset is a big company and is a great opportunity for us,” said Emir Ali Bin Thamer al Thani, a member of the Qatari royal family that indirectly controls Al Jazeera. “We are evaluating the possibility in different ways.”

Mediaset Premium currently has over 2 million subscribers.