Subscribers boost Sky Italia income

Company adds 366,000 subscribers in first half

LOCARNO, Switzerland -- Satellite broadcaster Sky Italia recorded 270.7 million euros ($419 million) in operating income for the first half of 2008, an 89% increase compared with the same period a year earlier.

The company, News Corp.'s Italian unit, said Monday that the growth came from an increase in subscribers -- the company added 366,000 subscribers to reach 4.56 million -- and a rise in the revenue per subscriber, as its existing base added new services.