British Sky Broadcasting has reported a 12% increase in full-year net profit.

The results were boosted by strong take-up of its offerings of television, broadband and telephone service.

The company, effectively controlled by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. through a 39% stake, has said that after-tax profit for the year ending June 30 was £906m, up from £810m a year earlier. Revenue was up 3% to £6.79 billion.

BSkyB says it added 312,000 households to its customer base during the year, taking the total to 10.6 million.

The company reported a 12% increase in the number of subscriptions to individual products, including line rental and high-definition television.

BSkyB shares were up 1.2% at 693 pence in morning trading.

Sky to launch services for Irish customers  

Sky has confirmed plans to launch its home communication services - Sky Broadband and Sky Talk - in Ireland from later this year.

Sky has agreed a wholesale deal with BT Ireland which will enable it to add home broadband and telephony to its existing pay TV service.