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Cable Networks Boost News Corp. in First Quarter

News Corp. reported higher first quarter earnings as its
cable and broadcast television units reported strong gains.

Net income rose to $2.23 billion, or 94 cents per share, from
$738 million, or 28 cents per share, a year ago.

The company said its first quarter results including $1.38
billion of "other" income, principally from a gain on the sale of its NDS unit,
plus a $75 million pre-tax gain from British Sky Broadcasting's share
repurchase program.

During the quarter, the company also had a $152 million
pre-tax restructuring and impairment charges primarily related to its newspaper
and digital games businesses. The first quarter results also include a $67
million charge related to the costs of the ongoing phone hacking investigations
and $5 million in costs related to the proposed separation of the company's
entertainment and publishing businesses.

Revenues rose 2% to $8.14 billion.

"Our operational discipline and focus on innovation
continued to drive the company's momentum in our fiscal first quarter, led by
double-digit growth in our channels business and the global success of our film
and television content," said News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch in a statement. "Even
against considerable currency headwinds due to a stronger dollar, we were able
to increase News Corp.'s revenue and adjusted segment operating profit over the
prior year quarter while continuing to make key investments to position us for
future growth."

Murdoch added that News Corp. is "committed to leading the
change that the marketplace and our customers demand as the company builds on
its success at leveraging multi-platform opportunities for our content. We
believe that our ability to do so will be enhanced by the flexibility and
management focus that will result from the proposed separation of our
entertainment and publishing businesses.  
We have made considerable progress in this process and look forward to
providing more details by the end of the calendar year."

Operating income for the company's cable network programming
group rose 23% to $953 million from $775 million. Domestic channels were up
33%, led by the regional sports networks, FX and Fox News Channel.

Domestic affiliate revenue rose 16%. Domestic ad revenue
rose 8%.

Operating income for the company's television group rose to
$156 million from $133 million. The company said the increase reflected
retransmission revenues that more than double and increased local advertising driven
by record political spending. National advertising was lower because of lower
ratings and the impact of the Olympics.

Jon has been business editor of Broadcasting+Cable since 2010. He focuses on revenue-generating activities, including advertising and distribution, as well as executive intrigue and merger and acquisition activity. Just about any story is fair game, if a dollar sign can make its way into the article. Before B+C, Jon covered the industry for TVWeek, Cable World, Electronic Media, Advertising Age and The New York Post. A native New Yorker, Jon is hiding in plain sight in the suburbs of Chicago.