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News Corporation Reports Adjusted Operating Income of $3.6 Billion on Revenue of $30 Billion for the Year
[August 05, 2009]

News Corporation Reports Adjusted Operating Income of $3.6 Billion on Revenue of $30 Billion for the Year


NEW YORK --(Business Wire)-- News Corporation (NASDAQ: NWS, NWSA; ASX: NWS, NWSLV) today reported full year adjusted operating income1 of $3.6 billion, a $1.7 billion decline from the record $5.3 billion of adjusted operating income reported a year ago, with current year revenues of $30 billion, down 8% from the $33 billion reported in fiscal 2008. The full year adjusted operating income decline was the result of lower contributions at the majority of the Company's businesses that more than offset 32% growth at the Cable Network Programming segment.



Commenting on the results, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Rupert Murdoch said: "I am pleased that we are reporting adjusted operating income right in line with the guidance we previously provided during the last six months which reflects a decline of approximately 30%.

"The past year has been the most difficult in recent history, and our 2009 financial performance clearly reflects the weak economic environment that we confronted throughout the year. We streamlined all our businesses and continue to do so, at the same time adjusting to the revolutionary changes taking place throughout the media industry.


"This has presented us with many challenges and also opportunities. We have strengthened all our franchises and are particularly well placed for the coming recovery. Nearly all our businesses have improved market share. Particular progress has been made in cable network programming. I am certain that News Corporation is poised to profit, and deliver strong returns, as the economy rebounds." For the full year, the Company reported a net loss of $3.4 billion ($1.29 per share) as compared to net income of $5.4 billion ($1.81 per share) reported in fiscal 2008. The full year results primarily reflect lower operating results and impairment and other operating charges, partially offset by a non-cash tax benefit from the resolution of various tax matters and a gain on the partial sale of the Company's interest in NDS (News - Alert) Group plc. During fiscal 2009, the Company recorded an $8.9 billion pre-tax non-cash impairment charge related to goodwill and identifiable intangible assets and also recorded other operating charges of $312 million, principally related to restructuring activities.

The Company reported a fourth quarter net loss of $203 million ($0.08 per share) compared with net income of $1.1 billion ($0.43 per share) reported in the fourth quarter a year ago. During the quarter, the Company recorded impairment charges and other operating charges of $680 million, primarily related to Fox Interactive Media. Excluding these charges, the Company reported adjusted operating income for the fiscal quarter ended June 30, 2009 of $948 million, compared with $1.4 billion reported a year ago. While the Cable Network Programming and Magazines and Inserts segments delivered higher contributions for the quarter, the decline in adjusted operating income reflects reduced contributions from the Company's other business segments.

REVIEW OF OPERATING RESULTS The Company reported fourth quarter operating income of $268 million, which reflects a $452 million pre-tax non-cash impairment charge related to goodwill and identifiable intangible assets and $228 million of restructuring charges in the Television, Newspapers and Information Services, Book Publishing and Other segments. The reported full year operating loss of $5.7 billion includes an $8.9 billion impairment charge related to goodwill and identifiable intangible assets and $312 million in restructuring charges in the same segments noted above.

The following review of adjusted operating income (loss) by business segment excludes the impairment and restructuring charges noted above, which are discussed further in Note 1.

    Adjusted Operating Income (Loss) 3 Months Ended 12 Months Ended June 30, June 30, 2009   2008 2009   2008 US $ Millions Filmed Entertainment $ 203 $ 220   $ 848   $ 1,246 Television 95 279 174 1,126 Cable Network Programming 434 313 1,670 1,269 Direct Broadcast Satellite Television 155 212 393 419 Magazines and Inserts 102 95 353 352 Newspapers and Information Services 96 263 466 786 Book Publishing (1 ) 28 17 160 Other   (136 )   (57 )   (363 )   (84 ) Adjusted Operating Income $ 948 $ 1,353 $ 3,558 $ 5,274 Impairment charges (452 ) - (8,896 ) - Other operating (charges) income*   (228 )   125     (312 )   107   Operating Income(Loss) $ 268   $ 1,478   $ (5,650 ) $ 5,381     * Other operating (charges) income in fiscal 2009 reflect restructuring costs and in fiscal 2008 included a gain related to the sale of a parcel of land in the United Kingdom of approximately $126 million as well as a $19 million charge related to a restructuring program in the United Kingdom.

Filmed Entertainment The Filmed Entertainment segment reported fourth quarter operating income of $203 million, 8% below the $220 million reported for the same period a year ago. The decline was primarily due to lower library product contributions from Twentieth Century Fox Television. Fourth quarter film results included significant home entertainment contributions from Taken, Marley & Me and Slumdog Millionaire, as well as the domestic pay-TV availability of Horton Hears a Who! The quarter also included launch costs for the successful worldwide theatrical releases of X-Men Origins: Wolverine and Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, which together have generated more than $750 million in worldwide box office receipts to date, as well as pre-release launch costs for Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, which became the highest grossing worldwide opening weekend ever for an animated film and has generated more than $725 million in worldwide box office receipts to date.

For the full year, segment operating income decreased to $848 million, from the record $1.25 billion reported in fiscal 2008. Although the full year included many theatrical and home entertainment successes, in aggregate, their contributions were below those of the prior record year which included the worldwide theatrical and home entertainment performances of The Simpsons Movie, Live Free or Die Hard, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer and Juno.

Television The Television segment reported fourth quarter adjusted operating income of $95 million, a decline of $184 million versus the same period a year ago. For the full year, segment adjusted operating income decreased 85% to $174 million. The quarterly and full year results were driven by decreased operating results at the Fox Television Stations, FOX Broadcasting Company and STAR (News - Alert).

Fox Television Stations' fourth quarter adjusted operating income decreased 67% from the same period a year ago. For the full year, adjusted operating income decreased 57% versus fiscal 2008. These results reflect the overall weakening of the local advertising markets and the absence of contributions from eight stations that were sold in July 2008. Local television station advertising markets declined 27% in the quarter and 21% for the year compared to the same periods a year ago, reflecting particularly weak automobile, financial and movie entertainment advertising trends.

At the FOX Broadcasting Company, fourth quarter and full year operating results declined due to higher programming costs driven by increased license fees for returning series, higher NASCAR costs and lower advertising revenue. The increase in entertainment programming costs was primarily attributable to lower costs in the prior year as a result of the Writer's Guild of America strike. Lower advertising revenues reflect ratings declines that more than offset higher pricing.

STAR's fourth quarter and full year operating income decreased versus the same periods a year ago due to advertising revenue declines, primarily in India, and costs associated with regional channel launches in India. In addition, full year results were adversely affected by higher expenses related to the termination of a distribution agreement.

Cable Network Programming Cable Network Programming reported fourth quarter operating income of $434 million, an increase of $121 million over the fourth quarter a year ago. For the full year, segment operating income increased 32% to $1.7 billion. This growth was driven by higher contributions from the FOX News Channel, the Fox International Channels, the Big Ten Network and the FX Network.

The FOX News Channel (FNC) operating income, as compared to the prior year, increased 50% for both the fourth quarter and the full year, primarily from increased affiliate revenues. For the full year, FNC primetime ratings were up 45% compared with the same period a year ago. The Fox International Channels increased its earnings contributions by 74% for the quarter and 40% for the year over prior year levels driven by continued advertising and affiliate growth in Latin America and Europe. The Big Ten Network achieved its third consecutive quarter and first year of profitability, having gained distribution on all major pay-TV platforms in the Big Ten markets. At the FX Network, improved operating results in both the fourth quarter and full year were due to lower programming expenses versus the prior year. Contributions from the Regional Sports Networks were down for the quarter and full year due to lower advertising revenues. The full year results also reflect the absence of contributions from the three regional networks that were divested in February 2008.

Direct Broadcast Satellite Television SKY Italia reported fourth quarter operating income of $155 million, a decrease of $57 million versus the $212 million in operating income reported a year ago, and full year operating income of $393 million, a decrease of $26 million versus the $419 million reported for fiscal 2008. These results reflect local currency revenue growth of 2% for the quarter and 8% for the year, which were more than offset by increased operating expenses associated with higher subscriber volume, increased marketing and sports rights costs. Net subscriber additions of 235,000 over the past 12 months increased SKY Italia's subscriber base to 4.8 million at quarter's end. Revenue growth in the fourth quarter versus the prior year was reduced due to the change in the timing of revenue recognition associated with expanded soccer programming, which was broadcast throughout fiscal 2009 compared with only ten months of programming in fiscal 2008. This programming change shifted a portion of soccer revenues that were previously recognized in the last three fiscal quarters into the first quarter of the fiscal year.

Magazines and Inserts The Magazines and Inserts segment reported fourth quarter operating income of $102 million, an increase of $7 million versus the $95 million reported in the quarter a year ago, and full year operating income of $353 million, in line with the $352 million reported in fiscal 2008. Operating income growth in the fourth quarter was driven by higher revenue from free-standing inserts and custom insert publishing.

Newspapers and Information Services The Newspapers and Information Services segment reported fourth quarter adjusted operating income of $96 million, a decrease of $167 million compared with the same period a year ago, and full year adjusted operating income of $466 million, a $320 million decrease versus fiscal 2008. The adjusted operating results primarily reflect lower advertising revenues and the strengthening of the U.S. dollar against the Australian dollar.

The U.K. newspaper group reported lower fourth quarter operating income contributions due to 18% lower advertising revenues in local currency terms, as well as higher marketing and production costs. For the full year, operating income contributions were below those of a year ago as reduced depreciation expense on printing presses that were decommissioned during fiscal 2008 was more than offset by 14% lower advertising revenues in local currency terms and higher marketing and production costs.

The Australian newspaper group reported fourth quarter and full year operating income decreases primarily due to 18% and 10% declines in advertising revenue in local currency terms for the quarter and year, respectively, reflecting lower display and classified advertising, especially in the employment and real estate sectors.

Dow Jones & Company's fourth quarter operating results declined from the same period a year ago, due to lower advertising revenue at The Wall Street Journal and lower information services revenue that more than offset reduced operating expenses and increased circulation revenues, which were driven by price increases at The Wall Street Journal.

Book Publishing HarperCollins reported fourth quarter adjusted operating loss of $1 million and full year adjusted operating income of $17 million, a decline of $29 million and $143 million as compared to the prior year periods, respectively, largely due to the weak retail market. Current quarter results included solid sales of Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man by Steve Harvey, Sooner or Later by Debbie Macomber and L.A. Candy by Lauren Conrad. Additionally in the fourth quarter, HarperCollins had 62 books on The New York Times bestseller list, including five books that reached the number one spot. For the full year, HarperCollins had 165 books on The New York Times bestseller list, including 15 titles reaching the number one spot.

Other The Other segment reported a fourth quarter adjusted operating loss of $136 million and full year adjusted operating loss of $363 million, a decrease of $79 million and $279 million as compared to the prior year periods, respectively. These declines were primarily due to lower contributions from Fox Interactive Media (FIM) and NDS. The decline in FIM operating results was driven by lower advertising revenues at MySpace (News - Alert) and increased costs associated with the launch of MySpace Music. The lower NDS contributions reflect the sale of a portion of the Company's ownership stake on February 5, 2009. As a result of the sale, the Company's portion of NDS operating results subsequent to February 5, 2009 is included within Equity earnings.

OTHER ITEMS A dividend of $0.06 per Class A and Class B share has been declared and is payable on October 14, 2009. The record date for determining dividend entitlements is September 9, 2009.

REVIEW OF EQUITY EARNINGS (LOSSES) OF AFFILIATES' RESULTS Fourth quarter net earnings from affiliates were $60 million versus $22 million in the same period a year ago. For the full year, net losses from affiliates were $309 million compared with earnings from affiliates of $327 million in fiscal 2008. The decreased contributions from affiliates are primarily due to increased losses from Sky Deutschland (formerly Premiere AG), principally reflecting a write-down of our investment, as well as the absence of earnings from The DIRECTV Group and Gemstar as a result of their dispositions in fiscal 2008. The full year and fourth quarter results were also positively impacted by higher contributions from BSkyB due to lower write-downs of its ITV investment.

The Company's share of equity earnings (losses) of affiliates is as follows:         3 Months Ended 12 Months Ended June 30, June 30, % Owned 2009   2008 2009   2008 US $ Millions BSkyB 39% (a) $ 54 $ (9 ) $ 156 $ (145 ) The DIRECTV Group 0% / 41% (b) - - - 297 Other affiliates Various (c)   6   31     (465 )   175   Total equity earnings (losses) of affiliates $ 60 $ 22   $ (309 ) $ 327     _____________________________   (a) Please refer to BSkyB's earnings releases and SEC (News - Alert) filings for detailed information.

(b) As a result of the transaction with Liberty Media that was completed on February 28, 2008, News Corporation no longer has an equity ownership interest in The DIRECTV Group.

(c) Primarily comprised of Sky Deutschland, Fox Cable Networks affiliates, Australian and STAR equity affiliates and Gemstar-TV Guide International (through May 2, 2008).

  Foreign Exchange Rates Average foreign exchange rates used in the year-to-date results are as follows:         12 Months Ended June 30, 2009   2008     Australian Dollar/U.S. Dollar 0.74 0.89 U.K. Pounds Sterling/U.S. Dollar 1.60 2.00 Euro/U.S. Dollar 1.37 1.47 To receive a copy of this press release through the Internet, access News Corp's (News - Alert) corporate Web site located at http://www.newscorp.com Audio from News Corp's conference call with analysts on the fourth quarter results can be heard live on the Internet at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time today. To listen to the call, visit http://www.newscorp.com Cautionary Statement Concerning Forward-Looking Statements This document contains certain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based on management's views and assumptions regarding future events and business performance as of the time the statements are made. Actual results may differ materially from these expectations due to changes in global economic, business, competitive market and regulatory factors. More detailed information about these and other factors that could affect future results is contained in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The "forward-looking statements" included in this document are made only as of the date of this document and we do not have any obligation to publicly update any "forward-looking statements" to reflect subsequent events or circumstances, except as required by law.

    CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS   3 Months Ended   12 Months Ended June 30, June 30, 2009   2008 2009   2008 US $ Millions (except per share amounts)   Revenues $ 7,670 $ 8,589 $ 30,423 $ 32,996 Expenses: Operating 4,983 5,246 19,563 20,531 Selling, general and administrative 1,454 1,684 6,164 5,984 Depreciation and amortization 285 306 1,138 1,207 Impairment charges 452 - 8,896 - Other operating charges (income) 228     (125 ) 312     (107 ) Operating income (loss) 268 1,478 (5,650 ) 5,381 Other income (expense): Equity earnings (losses) of affiliates 60 22 (309 ) 327 Interest expense, net (237 ) (224 ) (927 ) (926 ) Interest income 15 31 91 246 Other, net (82 )   433   1,256     2,293   Income (loss) before income tax expense and minority interest in subsidiaries 24 1,740 (5,539 ) 7,321 Income tax benefit (expense) (207 ) (569 ) 2,229 (1,803 ) Minority interest in subsidiaries, net of tax (20 )   (42 ) (68 )   (131 ) Net income (loss) $ (203 ) $   1,129   $ (3,378 ) $   5,387     Weighted average shares: basic 2,614 2,619 2,613 2,955   diluted 2,614 2,631 2,613 2,971   Earnings (loss) per share: basic ($0.08 ) $ 0.43 ($1.29 ) $ 1.82   diluted ($0.08 ) $ 0.43 ($1.29 ) $ 1.81     CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS June 30, June 30, 2009 2008 Assets US $ Millions Current assets: Cash and cash equivalents $ 6,540 $ 4,662 Receivables, net 6,287 6,985 Inventories, net 2,477 2,255 Other   532   460 Total current assets   15,836   14,362   Non-current assets: Receivables 282 464 Investments 2,957 3,284 Inventories, net 3,178 3,064 Property, plant and equipment, net 6,245 7,021 Intangible assets, net 8,925 14,460 Goodwill 14,382 18,620 Other non-current assets   1,316   1,033 Total non-current assets   37,285   47,946 Total assets $ 53,121 $ 62,308   Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity Current liabilities: Borrowings $ 2,085 $ 281 Accounts payable, accrued expenses and other current liabilities 5,279 5,695 Participations, residuals and royalties payable 1,388 1,288 Program rights payable 1,115 1,084 Deferred revenue   772   834 Total current liabilities   10,639   9,182   Non-current liabilities: Borrowings 12,204 13,230 Other liabilities 3,027 4,823 Deferred income taxes 3,276 5,456 Minority interest in subsidiaries 751 994 Commitments and contingencies Stockholders' Equity: Class A common stock, $0.01 par value 18 18 Class B common stock, $0.01 par value 8 8 Additional paid-in capital 17,354 17,214 Retained earnings and accumulated other comprehensive income   5,844   11,383 Total stockholders' equity   23,224   28,623 Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 53,121 $ 62,308   CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS 12 Months Ended June 30, 2009   2008 US $ Millions Operating activities: Net (loss) income $ (3,378 ) $ 5,387 Adjustments to reconcile net (loss) income to cash provided by operating activities: Depreciation and amortization 1,138 1,207 Amortization of cable distribution investments 88 80 Equity losses (earnings) of affiliates 309 (327 ) Cash distributions received from affiliates 298 350 Impairment charges, net of tax of $1.7 billion 7,189 - Other, net (1,256 ) (2,293 ) Minority interest in subsidiaries, net of tax 68 131 Change in operating assets and liabilities, net of acquisitions: Receivables and other assets 194 (923 ) Inventories, net (485 ) (587 ) Accounts payable and other liabilities   (1,917 )   900   Net cash provided by operating activities   2,248     3,925     Investing activities: Property, plant and equipment, net of acquisitions (1,101 ) (1,443 ) Acquisitions, net of cash acquired (847 ) (5,567 ) Investments in equity affiliates (403 ) (799 ) Other investments (76 ) (125 ) Proceeds from sale of investments and other non-current assets   1,762     1,580   Net cash used in investing activities   (665 )   (6,354 )   Financing activities: Borrowings 1,040 1,292 Repayment of borrowings (343 ) (728 ) Issuance of shares 4 90 Repurchase of shares - (939 ) Dividends paid (366 ) (373 ) Other, net   18     22   Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities   353     (636 )   Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents 1,936 (3,065 ) Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period 4,662 7,654 Exchange movement on opening cash balance   (58 )   73   Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $ 6,540   $ 4,662       SEGMENT INFORMATION 3 Months Ended 12 Months Ended June 30, June 30, 2009   2008 2009   2008 US $ Millions   Revenues   Filmed Entertainment $ 1,720 $ 1,523 $ 5,936 $ 6,699 Television 1,076 1,333 4,602 5,807 Cable Network Programming 1,497 1,385 5,580 4,993 Direct Broadcast Satellite Television 945 1,054 3,760 3,749 Magazines and Inserts 309 288 1,168 1,124 Newspapers and Information Services 1,400 1,844 5,858 6,248 Book Publishing 278 350 1,141 1,388 Other   445     812     2,378     2,988   $ 7,670   $ 8,589   $ 30,423   $ 32,996       Adjusted Operating Income**     Filmed Entertainment $ 203 $ 220 $ 848 $ 1,246 Television 95 279 174 1,126 Cable Network Programming 434 313 1,670 1,269 Direct Broadcast Satellite Television 155 212 393 419 Magazines and Inserts 102 95 353 352 Newspapers and Information Services 96 263 466 786 Book Publishing (1 ) 28 17 160 Other   (136 )   (57 )   (363 )   (84 ) $ 948   $ 1,353   $ 3,558   $ 5,274   ___________________________________ ** Adjusted operating income is a non-GAAP financial measure, and a reconciliation of adjusted operating income to operating income for the Company and by business segment is included in Note 1.

  NOTE 1 - ADJUSTED OPERATING INCOME BEFORE DEPRECIATION AND AMORTIZATION Adjusted operating income (loss) is defined as operating income (loss) plus impairment and other operating charges and eliminates the variable effect across all business segments of the impairment and other operating charges recorded in the year ended June 30, 2009. An impairment charge is recorded for the difference between the carrying value and the estimated fair value of the asset.

Adjusted operating income before depreciation and amortization is defined as Adjusted operating income (loss) plus depreciation and amortization and the amortization of cable distribution investments and eliminates the variable effect across all business segments of depreciation and amortization. Depreciation and amortization expense includes the depreciation of property and equipment, as well as amortization of finite-lived intangible assets. Amortization of cable distribution investments represents a reduction against revenues over the term of a carriage arrangement and, as such, it is excluded from Operating income (loss) before depreciation and amortization.

Adjusted operating income (loss) and Adjusted operating income before depreciation and amortization are non-GAAP measures and should be considered in addition to, not as a substitute for, operating income (loss), net income (loss), cash flow and other measures of financial performance reported in accordance with GAAP. In addition, these measures do not reflect cash available to fund requirements, and these measures exclude items, such as impairment charges, depreciation and amortization, which are significant components in assessing the Company's financial performance.

Management believes that Adjusted operating income (loss) and Adjusted operating income before depreciation and amortization are appropriate measures for evaluating the operating performance of the Company's business segments. Adjusted operating income (loss) and Adjusted operating income before depreciation and amortization, represent the information reported to and used by the Company's chief decision maker for the purpose of making decisions about the allocation of resources to segments and assessing their performance and provides management, investors and equity analysts a measure to analyze operating performance of each business segment and enterprise value against historical data and competitors' data.

The following table reconciles Adjusted operating income before depreciation and amortization to the presentation of operating income (loss).

    3 Months Ended 12 Months Ended June 30, June 30, 2009   2008 2009   2008 US $ Millions Operating income (loss) $ 268   $ 1,478 $ (5,650 )   $ 5,381 Impairment charges 452 - 8,896 - Other operating charges (income)   228   (125 )   312     (107 ) Adjusted Operating income 948 1,353 3,558 5,274 Depreciation and amortization 285 306 1,138 1,207 Amortization of cable distribution investments   24   23     88     80   Adjusted Operating income before depreciation and amortization $ 1,257 $ 1,682   $ 4,784   $ 6,561     For the Three Months Ended June 30, 2009 (US $ Millions)           Operating income (loss)           Impairment and other operating charges             Adjusted Operating income (loss)     Depreciation and amortization     Amortization of cable distribution investments     Adjusted Operating income (loss) before depreciation and amortization           Filmed Entertainment $ 203 $ - $ 203 $ 24 $ - $ 227 Television 75 20 95 33 - 128 Cable Network Programming 434 - 434 32 24 490 Direct Broadcast Satellite Television 155 - 155 52 - 207 Magazines and Inserts 102 - 102 2 - 104 Newspapers and Information Services 72 24 96 79 - 175 Book Publishing (4) 3 (1) 3 - 2 Other   (769)     633     (136)     60     -     (76) Consolidated Total $ 268   $ 680   $ 948   $ 285   $ 24   $ 1,257   For the Three Months Ended June 30, 2008 (US $ Millions)         Operating income         Other operating charges (income)           Adjusted Operating income (loss)     Depreciation and amortization     Amortization of cable distribution investments     Adjusted Operating income before depreciation and amortization           Filmed Entertainment $ 220 $ - $ 220 $ 24 $ - $ 244 Television 279 - 279 26 - 305 Cable Network Programming 313 - 313 23 23 359 Direct Broadcast Satellite Television 212 - 212 65 - 277 Magazines and Inserts 95 - 95 2 - 97 Newspapers and Information Services 262 1 263 92 - 355 Book Publishing 28 - 28 3 - 31 Other   69     (126 )     (57 )     71     -     14 Consolidated Total $ 1,478   $ (125 )   $ 1,353     $ 306   $ 23   $ 1,682   For the Twelve Months Ended June 30, 2009 (US $ Millions)       Operating income (loss)       Impairment and other operating charges         Adjusted Operating income (loss)     Depreciation and amortization     Amortization of cable distribution investments     Adjusted Operating income (loss) before depreciation and amortization           Filmed Entertainment $ 848 $ - $ 848 $ 92 $ - $ 940 Television (4,406 ) 4,580 174 105 - 279 Cable Network Programming 1,670 - 1,670 121 88 1,879 Direct Broadcast Satellite Television 393 - 393 227 - 620 Magazines and Inserts 353 - 353 10 - 363 Newspapers and Information Services (2,663 ) 3,129 466 319 - 785 Book Publishing (16 ) 33 17 9 - 26 Other   (1,829 )     1,466     (363 )     255     -     (108 ) Consolidated Total $ (5,650 )   $ 9,208   $ 3,558     $ 1,138   $ 88   $ 4,784     For the Twelve Months Ended June 30, 2008 (US $ Millions)       Operating income       Other operating charges (income)         Adjusted Operating income (loss)     Depreciation and amortization     Amortization of cable distribution investments     Adjusted Operating income before depreciation and amortization           Filmed Entertainment $ 1,246 $ - $ 1,246 $ 88 $ - $ 1,334 Television 1,126 - 1,126 100 - 1,226 Cable Network Programming 1,269 - 1,269 90 80 1,439 Direct Broadcast Satellite Television 419 - 419 228 - 647 Magazines and Inserts 352 - 352 8 - 360 Newspapers and Information Services 767 19 786 433 - 1,219 Book Publishing 160 - 160 9 - 169 Other   42     (126 )     (84 )     251     -     167 Consolidated Total $ 5,381   $ (107 )   $ 5,274     $ 1,207   $ 80   $ 6,561 1 Adjusted operating income is a non-GAAP financial measure, and a reconciliation of adjusted operating income to operating income for the Company and by business segment is included in Note 1.

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