ROME Feb 16 Diego Della Valle, head of Italian
shoemaker Tod's, said on Saturday that he has made "a serious
show of interest" in buying La7 television network, which is
owned by a unit of Telecom Italia.
In a statement, Della Valle said he asked the Telecom Italia
board for time to study a possible purchase. Telecom had sought
offers for its Telecom Italia Media unit, which owns
La7, but a deadline for offers ended on Friday.
"My idea is to unite a group of people as shareholders who
love our country and who want to support an important instrument
of information, guaranteeing it total autonomy, and to bring in
shareholders who are professionals currently working at La7, and
also others who want to participate in this project," Della
Valle said in the statement.
(Reporting by Steve Scherer)