1978 Mediaset Group's story began by the end of the 1970s, in 1978, with Telemilano, a local Milan-based broadcaster that became Canale 5 two years later and began broadcasting nationally. Canale 5 was subsequently joined by Italia 1 (bought from the publishing group Rusconi in 1982) and Retequattro (acquired from Arnoldo Mondadori Editore in 1984).
1984 Television area was called RTI and became established with three national analogue networks, supported by an advertising sales company, Publitalia '80, that exclusively collects advertising for all three channels, and two other companies, Videotime, that manages TV technology and production activities, and Elettronica Industriale that guarantees signal distribution through the management of the broadcasting infrastructure.
1996 RTI, Videotime, Publitalia and Elettronica Industriale were brought together in a single group Mediaset which was then listed on the Milan stock exchange, opening up the company to both important institutional investors and private investors (around 300,000).
1997 Mediaset expands outside Italy with the acquisition of a 25% stake in the Spanish broadcaster, Telecinco.
1999 Mediaset Group expands its web-based activities with Mediaset.it (a television portal dedicated to Canale 5, Italian 1 and Retequattro) and Mediaset Online (in 2001 will became TgCom) , a daily online news service, is accessible from a range of media (internet, TV, radio, Mediavideo teletext and mobile phones).
2003 Mediaset increases its stake in Telecinco and becomes the major shareholder with 50.1% of the shares. The following year the Spanish TV company was listed on the Madrid stock exchange.
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