By Jonathan Davies

Sky has reported an 18% rise in operating profit for the full year.

The pay-TV giant posted profits of £1.4 billion in the 12 months ending 30 June. It comes after gaining nearly one million customers during the year.

Sky also launched several original programmes over the past year that have gone on to be a success, like Fortitude and 1999. It also hosts the UK's broadcasts of HBO's global hit series Game of Thrones. Sky said a record 3.1 million people watched the finale of season six in April.

"Across the portfolio, we've secured a series of big rights deals and made exciting progress in our push into original content," said Jeremy Darroch, Sky's group chief executive.

"We've successfully completed a deal that has transformed the size and scale of opportunity for the business whilst delivering an excellent financial and operational performance as more customers chose Sky and took more of our products."