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News Corp heralds digital on way to $US1.4b loss

12 August 2018, 04:45 | Hattie Nash

News Corp worldwide reports $1.4bn net loss, but paid subscriptions rise

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News Corp posted a 29% lift in full year revenue to $US2.69 billion.

Mr Thomson's comments pour cold water on speculation that News would become active in further consolidation in the Australian media landscape in the wake of the proposed merger of Nine and Fairfax.

Total revenue surged 30 percent to $2.69 billion, above estimates of $2.65 billion.

In its news and information services segment, News Corp's advertising revenue fell by US$76 million (or three per cent) in FY18, while circulation and subscription revenue increased US$105 million (or five per cent).

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News Corp said net loss available to shareholders narrowed to $372 million in the fourth quarter from $430 million a year earlier.

New Foxtel boss Patrick Delany, who took the reins in January in place of former chief executive Peter Tonagh, is set to launch new services next week after reporting that residential customer churn for cable and satellite was down over the quarter from 13.3 per cent to 12.5 per cent, while average revenue per customer declined 3 per cent over the same period due in part to the Company selling cheap Foxtel Now packages Vs a full home package.

The number of subscribers to Foxtel grew 2% to 2.8 million in the year to 30 June 2018.

"We saw meaningful operational improvements at the News and Information Services segment led by higher digital paid subscribers and disciplined cost initiatives, notably in Australia". He did not mention the group's titles in Australia, such as the Australian and the Herald Sun had performed, but the earnings report to the stock market said that digital subscriptions in Australia had increased to 415,600 from 363,600 the previous year.

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"Fiscal 2018 was a year of operational and transformational success at News Corp", said CEO Robert Thomson.

"We are seeing strong digital paid subscriber growth across many of our key properties, where digital subscribers now exceed print", CFO Susan Panuccio said on an earnings call August 9.

News says its revenue flows are now more global, digital and subscription-based.

News and Telstra in April combined their 50% interests in Foxtel and News Corp's 100% interest in Fox Sports Australia into a new company.

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