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February 18, 2009 | Meg James
CBS declared itself "Mentally Strong" in a news release the other day, trumpeting the big ratings for the network's latest hit drama, "The Mentalist." Fiscally fit, however, is the question. The broadcasting giant today reports quarterly results, and Wall Street is bracing for grim numbers -- and looking for CBS Corp. to outline a strategy for how it will navigate the choppy waters ahead.
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ENTERTAINMENT
February 14, 2013 | By Meg James
Broadcasting giant CBS Corp. reported 6.2% higher profit for the fourth quarter of 2012, boosted by higher advertising at the top-rated CBS television network and an increase in subscriber fees for its premium channel Showtime. For the quarter that ended Dec. 31, CBS earned $393 million, or 60 cents a share, up from $370 million, or 55 cents, in the fourth quarter of 2011. Revenue was up 2%, to $3.7 billion. CBS delivered adjusted net earnings of $414 million, or 64 cents a share, up from $377 million during the year-earlier period -- falling short of analysts' estimates of 68 cents a share.
BUSINESS
May 8, 2009 | Meg James
The anemic advertising market drained the profit from CBS Corp. The broadcasting company, which owns the CBS network, television and radio stations and a bevy of billboards, on Thursday reported a first-quarter net loss of $55.3 million, or 8 cents a share. That compared with net income of $244.3 million, or 36 cents, for the same period last year.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 3, 2013 | By Greg Braxton, Los Angeles Times
"Big Brother" contestant Aaryn Gries, whose racial and homophobic slurs have sparked a firestorm - and high ratings - for the CBS reality show, has at least one ally - her mother. Just days after Gries was evicted from the "Big Brother" house, Elizabeth Owens is speaking out in a statement to The Times, chastising her daughter but declaring that the remarks are not reflective of Gries' upbringing or her true character. "While I love and continue to support my daughter Aaryn, words cannot describe my disappointment in some of her comments made on 'Big Brother,'" Owens wrote.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 14, 2013 | By Meg James
Broadcasting giant CBS Corp. is taking a minority stake in AXS TV, the nascent music-oriented cable channel owned by billionaire Mark Cuban and Los Angeles entertainment giant AEG. CBS will receive an undisclosed interest in the high-definition television channel in exchange for providing programming and marketing to the joint venture. With rights to such prominent events as the Grammy Awards, Broadway's Tony Awards and the Academy of Country Music Awards, CBS can give AXS a front row seat and backstage access that other channels lack.  Major programs will continue to air on the CBS broadcast network, but CBS plans to provide hours of additional coverage to its tentpole events with extras such as red carpet and backstage interviews.  CBS also agreed to promote the channel and its events on CBS' top-rated television network, TV stations, radio stations and even billboards.
BUSINESS
March 28, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
CBS Corp. named John Nogawski president of television distribution, responsible for "The Oprah Winfrey Show," "Jeopardy!" and "Dr. Phil." Nogawski will oversee all creative, business and administrative operations for domestic TV syndication, New York-based CBS said. He reports to Chief Executive Leslie Moonves.
BUSINESS
August 5, 2006 | From Bloomberg News
CBS Corp.'s Paramount Network Television named Glenn Geller senior vice president, current programming, replacing Tom Russo. Geller, formerly a programming executive with the CBS network, will oversee prime-time series at the Los Angeles-based studio. He will report to division President David Stapf.
BUSINESS
August 20, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
CBS Corp. hired Jennifer Bresnan to lead development of reality shows, replacing Ghen Maynard. Bresnan, named senior vice president of alternative programming, will oversee reality shows such as "Survivor" and report to CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler, the New York company said. CBS hired Bresnan from the CW Network, where she supervised programs that included "America's Next Top Model."
ENTERTAINMENT
September 3, 2013 | By Meg James
Cord-cutting continues to nibble away at the U.S. pay-TV industry. According to a SNL Kagan report released Tuesday, the industry suffered a net loss of 217,000 subscribers in the second quarter of this year compared to the same period last year. The report also showed that traditional cable companies -- including Time Warner Cable -- are losing more subscribers to satellite and telecommunications competitors that also offer video service. The report illustrated why Time Warner Cable had little choice but to settle its contentious dispute with CBS Corp., which led to a monthlong blackout of CBS-owned stations in Los Angeles, New York and Dallas.
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