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Broadcaster Sky has reported a 9% fall in working earnings after paying extra for broadcast rights to Premier League soccer matches.

Working earnings on the firm fell to £679m for the six months to 31 December.

Nevertheless, Sky mentioned that its monetary efficiency had been “good”.

Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox owns 39% of the corporate. Late final 12 months, it provided to purchase out the remaining 61% of the enterprise.

Fox wants regulatory approval for the $14.6bn provide in each the UK and Europe, the place it does a couple of third of its enterprise.

Sky has 22 million prospects within the UK, the Republic of Eire, Italy, Germany and Austria.

Chief govt Jeremy Darroch mentioned: “In a 12 months wherein we’re absorbing considerably larger programming prices, because of the step up in Premier League prices, our monetary efficiency has been good.”

Working revenue was £65m decrease on the 12 months earlier than, though it absorbed a further £314m of Premier League prices within the interval.

The corporate mentioned it had added greater than 500,000 new prospects.

Nevertheless, within the UK, its churn fee, the annual share fee at which prospects cease subscribing to a service, rose to 11.6% from 10.2% in the identical interval the 12 months earlier than.

Sky mentioned this mirrored the elevated proportion of broadband prospects, who’ve a higher propensity to change suppliers.

It added that six million households have been Sky broadband prospects.