Cable, TV units lift News Corp. earnings to $843m in Q1

News Corp., the global media conglomerate controlled by Rupert Murdoch, swung to a profit in its first fiscal quarter on better results from cable and broadcast TV compared with a year ago, when it recorded a $1 billion accounting charge, an Associated Press report said.

The Associated Press reports said News Corp., which owns the Twentieth Century Fox studio, Fox News Channel, the New York Post and MySpace, earned $843 million in the three months ended in September, versus a net loss of $433 million a year ago.

The results in the prior-year period were dragged down by a $1 billion charge to write down the value of its TV stations' broadcasting licenses. Excluding the charge, the year-ago earnings were $580 million, the report said.

Revenue rose 4.1% to $5.91 billion from $5.68 billion in the same period a year ago.

Operating income fell 6.4 % to $851 million as a steep decline in the often volatile earnings from News Corp.'s hit-driven film and TV business offset significant gains in broadcast and cable television networks.