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Fox Books Quarterly Gains From News, Political Ads

Fox Books Quarterly Gains From News, Political Ads

Fox Corp. said its profit and revenue rose for the latest quarter, booking gains in cable network programming and political advertising ahead of the

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Fox Corp. said its profit and revenue rose for the latest quarter, booking gains in cable network programming and political advertising ahead of the U.S. presidential election.

Cable network programming revenue rose 3.1% to $1.33 billion, the company said Tuesday. Among those driving the quarterly growth was the company’s Fox News Channel, Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Lachlan Murdoch said.

“Political advertising will have achieved a record for any election” at the company’s local television stations, Mr. Murdoch said.

Revenue from affiliate fees rose 10% to $1.53 billion. But advertising revenue declined 6.9% due to a pandemic-related pullback in live sporting events and as advertisers reduced their spending. Sports sublicensing revenue at the cable network programming segment also fell due to Covid-19.

Overall revenue for the fiscal first quarter ended Sept. 30 rose 1.9% to $2.72 billion. Analysts polled by FactSet were targeting $2.58 billion. Operating expenses fell to $1.17 billion from $1.47 billion.

This post first appeared on wsj.com

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