TV Asahi Corp. said Friday its group net profit increased 28.2 percent in the 2005 business year over the year before to 9.47 billion yen on a 3.0 percent rise in operating revenues to 249.38 billion yen.

In an earnings report for the 12-month period to March 31, the TV broadcaster said its pretax profit jumped 27.4 percent to 17.31 billion yen. TV Asahi attributed the greater revenues and profitability primarily to increases in revenues from TV commercials.