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UPDATE 1-BSkyB hits 10 million customer target

* Hits 10 million customer target set in 2004

* Says will continue to invest in content, innovation

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LONDON, Nov 8 (Reuters) - Britain's dominant pay-TV company BSkyB BSY.L, a bid target for News Corp, said on Monday it had hit its long-held aim of 10 million customers, making it the choice of 36 percent of households in the UK and Ireland.

BSkyB, which provides pay-TV, broadband and telephony, set the target in 2004, to initial scepticism from analysts who thought it would be too tough.

“To be the choice of 10 million families is a big achievement for the whole team at Sky,” Chief Executive Jeremy Darroch said in a statement.

“Sky has always been a forward-looking company and we will push on from here by continuing to invest in content and innovation. That’s the best way to satisfy existing customers and create new reasons for people to join in and take more from us.”

BSkyB is in the middle of a possible takeover after its major shareholder News Corp NWSA.O offered to buy the 61 percent of the company it does not already own.

British communications regulator Ofcom last week invited comments on the proposed acquisition by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp as it examines whether the proposed 7.8 billion pound ($12.62 billion) takeover would be against the British public interest. [ID:nLDE6A41TM]

Reporting by Kate Holton

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