Rupert Murdoch’s media giant said its US channels, such as Fox News, Fox Sports and the FX Network, saw a 33 per cent year-on-year increase in operating income in the third quarter.
This was driven by higher advertising revenues and extra income from pay-TV providers which screen the channels.
The boost offset declines in News Corp’s publishing business – which includes the Times, the Sun and the Wall Street Journal as well as book publisher HarperCollins – and in its Sky Italia broadcasting operation.
News Corp’s Twentieth-Century Fox film studio also improved on last year.
Overall, News Corp posted a two per cent rise in revenue to $8.1bn (£5bn) and a leap in pre-tax profit from $786m to $2.3bn.
However, the company booked a $67m charge for costs relating to last year’s closure of the News of the World.
Results beat expectations, sending shares up more than two per cent in after-hours trading.