Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
Business | By Max Garcia

Game Of Thrones popularity lifts Sky revenues

Game Of Thrones popularity lifts Sky revenues

However, this was an improvement on previous year, when more than 50% opposed Mr Murdoch's reappointment.

Shareholder advisory groups - including Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS), Glass Lewis and Pirc - have called on investors to vote against his re-election at Sky's annual general meeting and also to rebel against what they claim are potentially "excessive" pay plans.

Mr Murdoch is chief executive of Fox, which is attempting to seize control of the 61% of Sky it does not already own.

They claimed that, because Fox is now trying to buy full control of Sky, he could not be a completely independent chairman of the latter.

Additionally Conservative MP, Rebecca Pow asked whether the regulator had sufficiently scrutinised the deal, White said: "I am absolutely confident we did a professional, independent, expert job".

European pay-TV giant Sky, facing a possible takeover by Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox, announced Thursday a surge in subscribers on keen demand for cult USA series Game of Thrones.

Sky confirmed in its annual report last month that chief executive Jeremy Darroch's total annual pay packet more than trebled to £16.3m (€18.1m) past year despite annual profits being hit by the cost of broadcasting live Premier League football.

"The board notes the significant vote against resolution 3, the director's remuneration report and resolution 12, the re-election of James Murdoch, and will continue to engage with shareholders to understand their views as part of its ongoing programme of engagement".

Overall, Britain's Competitions and Markets Authority will assess the impact of the Murdoch family's proposed deal on both broadcasting standards and media plurality, the CMA said in a statement.

Mr Gilbert was also asked about recent allegations of sexual harassment at Fox News, the flagship news channel owned by 21st Century Fox, which has claimed the jobs of a number of senior executives and personalities at the channel.

Earlier, Sky reported what were regarded by City analysts as strong results for the first three months of its financial year.

Sky said that the HBO drama was its "highest rating show ever" with 4.7 million viewers, while Riviera concluded as its most successful original drama with 20 million downloads.

Sky recorded record entertainment audiences in its fiscal first quarter and grew its customer numbers by 51% year-on-year, helped by the launch of season seven of Game of Thrones.

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