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Her Heart Stopped for 6 Hours. Now She’s Ready to Go Back to Work.

By Anna Schaverien

Audrey Mash got caught in a snowstorm while hiking in the Pyrenees. Doctors say she experienced the longest period of cardiac arrest that a patient has survived in Spain.

Cold Stopped a Woman’s Heart for 6 Hours, Then Helped Save Her Life

By Anna Schaverien

Audrey Mash got caught in a snowstorm while hiking in the Pyrenees. Doctors say she experienced the longest period of cardiac arrest that a patient has survived in Spain.

Cold Stopped a Woman’s Heart for 6 Hours, Then Helped Save Her Life

By Anna Schaverien

Audrey Mash got caught in a snowstorm while hiking in the Pyrenees. Doctors say she experienced the longest period of cardiac arrest that a patient has survived in Spain.

Blackrock increases MΓ‘sMΓ³vil stake

By Chris Dziadul

The US investment fund Blackrock has bought an additional 900,000 shares in MásMóvil, Spain’s fourth largest telco.

As a result, reports El Economista, its stake in the company now exceeds 5.2%, according to the records of the National Securities Market Commission (CNMV).

It adds that as of November 29 Blackrock held almost 5.96 million shares, or 4.524% of the company’s capital.

As it also has voting rights, its total participation as of December 3 was over 6.88 million titles, valued at around €135.6 million.

MásMóvil’s main shareholders are Ochena (13.3%), followed by Providence (9.2%), Fidelity (8.4%) and Global Portfolio Investment (8.1%).

MásMóvil has its own mobile network infrastructures for fixed fibre, ADSL, 3G and 4G.

Its fixed network reaches 18 million households with ADSL and close to 22 million with optical fibre, while its 4G mobile network covers 98.5% of the Spanish population.

All told, the company has 8.6 million customers.

Spain’s β€˜Big Brother’ Accused of Recording Sexual Assault and Making Victim Watch

By Raphael Minder

A former contestant on the reality show says its staff stood by as she was sexually assaulted while unconscious, then filmed her emotional reaction to a video of the assault.

Assange to Testify on Being Recorded in Embassy in London

By Raphael Minder

Recordings have emerged of private conversations that Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder, had while living in the Ecuadorean Embassy. He and a Spanish prosecutor blame the United States.

Spain’s Leftist Outsiders Are on the Verge of Getting Inside

By Raphael Minder

Pablo Iglesias and his Unidas Podemos party, who are likely to join a governing coalition for the first time, have had a bumpy ride. What lies ahead could be just as rough.

Lost and Found in Hemingway’s Spain

By Roger Cohen

Of fear and thankfulness. The white elephants of eternity are always out there.

Spain Beats Canada to Win Davis Cup at Home

By Christopher Clarey

Rafael Nadal helped the Spaniards defeat Canada, 2-0, to win the cup in its much-discussed new format.

Spain Beats Canada to Win Davis Cup at Home

By Christopher Clarey

Rafael Nadal helped the Spaniards defeat Canada, 2-0, to win the cup in its much-discussed new format.

EU concerned over France, Italy and Spain debts

By Beatriz Rios

Reduction of public debt should be the main priority for France, Italy, and Spain, which have "failed to put their finances in order" during the economic upswing of recent years, the European Commission warned on Wednesday (20 November) at the presentation of the autumn fiscal package.

Mediapro scores major anti-piracy victory

By Chris Dziadul

The Spanish multimedia group Mediapro has announced a “historic sentence” in the fight against audiovisual piracy in the country.

It saw the Criminal Court No 4 in Malaga impose fines and compensation of almost €500,000 on members of a network dedicated to the sale of decoders with pirated content, including football.

A sentence of six months imprisonment and €1,800 fine was placed on the administrators of a company that illegally distributed content, as well as a €40,000 fine for a legal person.

In addition, Mediapro and LaLiga were each awarded €200,000 in compensation, and EGEDA €2,000. They will each also receive €10,000 each for procedural costs.

The company in question has also agreed to regularise the situation and become a client of the legitimate licences of the content.

Mediapro notes that this is one of the largest such actions against audiovisual piracy and the first sentence obtained by Mediapro and LaLiga that affects such a large regional operator.

It had around 5,000 customers paying approximately €47 a month each and provided services in Benalmadena, Estepona, Fuengirola, Guadacorte, Guadiaro, Marbella, Mijas, Malaga and Torremolinos.

At New Davis Cup Finals, a Quiet Reception for Some Longtime Powers

By Christopher Clarey

Spain, the home team, drew a great crowd to the main court, but the United States and Australia — winners of more Davis Cups than any other nations — played on much smaller, quieter stages.

Smaller players reluctant to fight Spanish TV duopoly

By Chris Dziadul

The fines totalling €77.1 million recently imposed by the Spanish regulator CNMC on Mediaset and Atresmedia open the door for legal challenges to the duopoly from advertisers and smaller TV stations.

However, says El Economista, few are currently willing to act.

Indeed, only one contacted by the publication – Radio Blanca, which is backed by Blas Herrera and has a content agreement with Discovery – has said it is studying making a claim for damages but at the same time waiting to see what happens when Mediaset and Atresmedia appeal against the fines.

Meanwhile, the Spanish Association of Advertisers (AEA) and Federation of Regional Television Stations (FORTA) say they are not likely to take any action, at least in the medium term.

The former signed a collaboration agreement with CNMC in 2017 in which they described the Mediaset/Atresmedia duopoly as “disturbing”, while FORTA says that the subject of taking legal action requires reflection and analysis.

As previously reported by Broadband TV News, the fines on Mediaset and Atresmedia were imposed by CNMC earlier this month for anticompetitive practices in the commercialisation of TV advertising.

Together, the two broadcasters account for almost 85% of the Spanish TV ad market.

Profitability, land and passion for the countryside: the magic triangle of agriculture’s generational renewal

By Juan Javier RΓ­os

In Spain and across the European Union, more than 90% of farmers are close to the retirement age, meaning that the problem of generational renewal poses a serious problem. Finding a solution depends on the combination of a magical triangle. EURACTIV's partner EFE reports.

Vodafone Spain expands TV offer

By Chris Dziadul

Vodafone has added five new thematic packages to its TV offer in Spain.

Available to both new and existing customers from next Monday, November 18, they are the Sports Pack, costing €5 a month; Music Pack (€10/month; Universal Pack (free of charge, and including international news and entertainment channels), Adult Pack (€10/month); and Hunting Pack (€7/month).

These new packages can be added to any of the five new packages that Vodafone introduced this April.

Vodafone has in addition introduced a new collection of Hollywood movies to watch on demand in the Cinefans package.

Customers can at any given time choose from 30 titles, with the line-up changing each month.

Vodafone is the only operator that integrates Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, HBO Spain and Fimin, the llast two exclusively.

Mediaset and Atresmedia hit by heavy fine

By Chris Dziadul

The Spanish regulator CNMC has fined the national broadcasters Mediaset and Atresdmedia a total of €77.1 million for anti-competitive practices in the commercialisation of TV advertising.

In a statement, it says that they have developed commercial policies in the sale of TV ads to concentrate on their channels, which together account for over 85% of the market.

As a result, they limit the capacity of other TV channels from securing ad revenue and risk them being expelled from the market.

Mediaset and Atesmedia have generally imposed higher minimum investment quotas on their advertisers, with failure to comply resulting in possible penalties.

Both also pay incentives to media agencies called extraprimas and sell advertising for packages of channels, with commercials being simulcast.

The broadcasters have been given three months to modify their commercial strategies and fined €38.9 million in the case of Mediaset and €38.2 million Atresmedia.

Although no appeal is possible in administrative proceedings, they can lodge a contentious-administrative one in the National Court within two months.

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