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September 30, 1998 | From Bloomberg News
CBS Corp. shares fell nearly 10% amid expectations that advertising revenue at the No. 2 U.S. television network will weaken in the second half. The decline came after Morgan Stanley Dean Witter & Co. analyst Frank Bodenchak cut his cash-flow estimates, saying CBS lost advertising because of the General Motors Corp. strike. The network also will get less ad revenue than expected from NFL broadcasts and political campaigns, said Bodenchak.
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BUSINESS
November 3, 2006 | Meg James, Times Staff Writer
Despite sharply higher third-quarter profit at CBS Corp., investors fretted Thursday that a slowdown in TV advertising could crimp future earnings or that management might risk some of the company's cash stockpile on big acquisitions. Its shares fell 16 cents to $28.76 after the New York media company reported a 26% jump in earnings from continuing operations.
BUSINESS
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.
BUSINESS
February 2, 2006 | Meg James, Times Staff Writer
CBS Corp. has spoken: When it comes to making its reality hit "Survivor" available for downloading, iTunes has been voted off the island. The company announced Wednesday that it was experimenting with cutting out the Internet middlemen by offering downloads of its popular show for $1.99 an episode on its own website, CBS.com. The service is to be launched tonight, immediately after the show airs on the West Coast.
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
January 11, 2014 | By Joe Flint and Ryan Faughnder
The U.S. Supreme Court could settle the fate of a new technology company that television broadcasters fear would destroy their business. On Friday, the high court said it would hear arguments that Aereo Inc., a start-up firm, violates copyright law by enabling its customers to stream local television stations over the Internet and that it should be shut down. The major media companies seeking the court's review include CBS Corp., 21st Century Fox, Walt Disney Co. and Comcast Corp.  FACES TO WATCH 2014: Digital media Launched in 2012 and backed by media mogul Barry Diller, Aereo is currently available in 10 cities, including New York, where it is based.
BUSINESS
October 14, 2009 | Claudia Eller and Meg James
Billionaire Sumner Redstone is breathing easier. Although the 86-year-old media mogul faces a $500-million debt payment in the next two weeks, substantial gains recently in the value of his family's shares in Viacom Inc. and CBS Corp. have given Redstone some badly needed leverage with his lenders. Redstone's privately held family holding company, National Amusements Inc., had planned to sell most if not all of its theater circuit to cover the looming debt payment. But with an improvement in his financial position as well as a loosening of the credit markets, Redstone has decided to hold on to the cinemas -- at least for now -- and thus avoids a fire sale of those assets at the bottom of the market, according to people close to Redstone.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 20, 2014 | By Meg James
CBS' entertainment chief, Nina Tassler, has earned a bigger title -- chairman of CBS Entertainment -- and a new employment contract that will keep her at the network through 2017. Tassler will continue to be responsible for all of CBS' entertainment programming, including prime-time, daytime and late-night hours. She also will head program development for all genres, including comedy, drama, reality, mini-series and other TV specials. Tassler will oversee scheduling, research, advertising, promotions, publicity and business affairs for entertainment programming matters, but those division chiefs will continue to report CBS Corp.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 24, 2014 | By Meg James
Although he rarely makes it into the office these days, Sumner Redstone continues to collect a handsome executive compensation package. The 90-year-old controlling shareholder of Viacom Inc. received a package valued at $36.2 million in 2013 in his role as executive chairman of the New York cable television and movie company, according to a filing Friday with the Securities and Exchange Commission. That represented a 50% increase over Redstone's 2012 Viacom compensation of $24.2 million.
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