News Corp. announced its third quarter earnings today, and one of its highlights was Fox News Channel, which CFO Dave DeVoe says generated its highest quarterly operating profit ever. Overall the News Corp. cable properties constituted over 60% of operating income for the company.
Perhaps most interesting: On the conference call with analysts and the press, COO Chase Carey says that FNC will renegotiate its carriage fees with “slightly over half” of its carriage universe by Summer 2012.
FNC is currently available in over 95 million homes, so it will have renegotiated deals covering more than 47.5 million homes by then. SNL Kagan estimated earlier this year that FNC receives $0.58 per subscriber per month, though the Kagan estimates can lag behind deals.FNC has been said to be seeking deals as high as $1.25 per sub.