News Corp. revenue falls as ads decline

News Corp., the publisher of newspapers such as the Wall Street Journal and New York Post, reported a 2.8% decline in first-quarter revenue, hurt by shrinking demand for print advertising.Sales fell to $2.07 billion in the period, which ended on Sept. 30, down from $2.13 billion a year earlier, the New York- based company said in a statement Monday. Analysts had estimated $2.18 billion, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.The news division, which owns papers in the U.S., the U.K. and Australia, saw revenue fall 10% to $1.5 billion in the period, with Australia accounting for most of the decline. Advertising dropped 12%, while sales from circulation and subscription fell 6%. The company has been trying to spur growth with digital subscribers and new services such as Dow Jones's DJX aimed at professional and corporate customers."We are even more convinced the company will thrive as the company becomes more digital," CEO Robert Thomson said on a conference call Monday following the earnings report.News Corp., controlled by Chairman Rupert Murdoch, split off from 21st Century Fox Inc. at the end of June, creating a new business focused mostly on publishing. In addition to owning newspapers such as the U.K.'s Times, News Corp. held on to an Australian TV business, which includes a 50% stake in pay-TV company Foxtel. Publishing accounts for more than 70% of News Corp.'s revenue. Continue reading at 'Crains New York'

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