Little detail was available during an investor call held following the announcements of Comcasts results.
However, Roberts’ comments that Comcast was “exploring a global Sky-NBC news channel later this year” came during prepared remarks.
The role of Sky News was a key factor during Comcast’s £22 billion takeover of the broadcaster. Comcast committed to maintaining inflation-adjusted funding in Sky News, to maintain Sky’s HQ in Osterley and to establish a separate Sky News Board.
Sky News is already available on Comcast’s X1 service.
Sky added 112,000 new customers across the group during the first quarter of 2019 – a marked improvement on the 74,000 recorded in the first quarter of 2018.
In all customer relationships increased 3.5% year in year to 23.7 million. Revenues decreased 5.0% to $4.8 billion in the first quarter of 2019.
Adjusted EBITDA decreased 17% to $663 million on the back of new contracts for Serie A and UEFA Champions League soccer rights in Italy and Germany.