Wireless Group, which has agreed a deal to be sold to Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation, has reported falling profits in the first half of 2016.
The owner of TalkSport, which sold its TV business to ITV for £100m in February, reported group revenue from continuing operations of £38.2m in the six months to 30 June.
This was up from £37m in the first half of 2015.
Pre-tax profits from continuing operations, however, were down from £5m to £4.5m.
Why it’s interesting
Wireless, whose shareholders have accepted the 315p-per-share offer from News Corp, said TalkSport was boosted by the Euro 2016 football tournament.
But the company said it was hit by an advertising slowdown in the second quarter of the year, which also affected newspapers and broadcasters.
Uncertainty in the lead-up to the EU referendum, on 23 June, is widely thought to have had a negative impact on advertising expenditure.
What the company said
Richard Huntingford, chairman:
Wireless Group – and especially TalkSport – has performed well in the first six months of the year. After a competitive bidding process, we were also delighted to be awarded three packages for Premier League live audio rights which will further underpin the outlook for TalkSport going forward.