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Comcast plans NBC-Sky news channel

Comcast's revenues boosted by Sky acquisition in late 2018

Comcast is planning to launch an NBC-Sky news channel.

The company’s chairman and CEO Brian Roberts said the channel would potentially be launched later this year, amid reports that Comcast’s revenues were boosted by the Sky acquisition in late 2018 to reach $26.9 billion.

Roberts said: “With the inclusion of Sky, we grew customer relationships by 3.6 per cent year-over-year, including 400,000 net additions in the first quarter, reaching over 54 million relationships in total.”

Comcast added that it was looking to combine NBCUniversal operations in the UK and Germany with those of Sky, including merging the NBCU and Sky pay-TV channels and basing those operations at Sky’s campus in west London.

The company also plans to launch a free NBCUniversal streaming service in 2020. Roberts added: “This service will be distinct and compelling, offering current and prior seasons, library and some original content with a light advertising load all for free to pay-TV customers.”