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UPDATE 1-In shadow of Fox bid, Sky makes good start to the year

* Sky says revenue and subscribers numbers growing

* Murdoch bid for full control being reviewed (Adds CEO quote, shares)

LONDON, Oct 12 (Reuters) - Sky, the European pay TV group that Rupert Murdoch is trying to buy, said it made a strong start to its latest financial year, with like-for-like revenue up 5 percent and 160,000 new customers.

Murdoch's Twenty-First Century Fox bid for full control of the broadcaster was referred last month by the British government for a lengthy review to assess Murdoch's commitment to British broadcasting standards and his influence in the media.

Sky Chief Executive Jeremy Darroch was pleased with progress for the group, which offers broadband and fixed and mobile telecoms in addition to pay-TV in its biggest market in Britain, as well as pay-TV in Germany, Austria and Italy.

Sky reported like-for-like first-quarter revenue of 3.3 billion pounds ($4.4 billion) and core earnings of 582 million pounds, up 11 percent in the three months to end of September.

"We continue to see strong customer demand for our products and services, so net customer additions in the quarter are 50 percent higher than last year," Darroch told reporters.

"The total number of subscription products in our base of homes now sits comfortably above 60 million."

Darroch said Sky was growing both revenue and profit in a tougher consumer market thanks to its new products, and a TV line-up that includes thriller "Riviera", its most successful original production to date, and "Game of Thrones".

He said the company was seeing good demand for its flagship Sky Q product as well as for its streaming service Now TV.

"Our growth is coming at the top and at the entry end as well," he said.

Sky's shares were trading up 0.5 percent at 9.18 pounds in early deals, well adrift of the 10.75 pounds-a-share offer.

The U.S. company, which already owns 39 percent of Sky, agreed to buy the rest of the company in December 2016.

The deal reignited opposition from opposition lawmakers to the Murdoch family in Britain, and it has been subject to lengthy reviews that will continue until June. The stock has slipped lower as the process has dragged on.

Sky updated the market ahead of its AGM, where some shareholders are planning to oppose James Murdoch's re-election as chairman.

Royal London, which holds a 44-million pound stake, said Murdoch could not effectively represent independent shareholders because he was also chief executive of Fox. ($1 = 0.7543 pounds) (Reporting by Paul Sandle; editing by Jason Neely/Keith Weir)