November 16, 1999 |
CBS Corp., one of the biggest television and radio broadcasters, said it has completed its purchase of King World Productions Inc., the largest TV syndication company, for about $3.21 billion in stock. After about two months of delays, King World said 99% of its shareholders who cast ballots approved the sale to CBS. King World shareholders will get 0.81 of a share of CBS common stock for each of their King World shares. That's about $42.98 a share, or 2.
May 27, 2006 |
Howard Stern regained control of the master tapes from the last 20 years of his previous radio program in a settlement of the contentious lawsuit brought by his former bosses at CBS Radio. Stern's new employer, Sirius Satellite Radio Inc., agreed to pay $2 million to CBS Radio, CBS Corp.'s radio subsidiary, for the rights to the recordings, both sides said. Other details of the settlement remained confidential.
December 1, 1997 |
Westinghouse Electric Corp. will become CBS Corp. and move its headquarters from Pittsburgh to New York City today as part of the company's shift to media from its industrial roots. The company, founded 111 years ago as a maker of air brakes for trains, is assuming the name of the broadcast TV network it bought two years ago for $5.4 billion. Since then, Westinghouse has moved deeper into radio and TV, spending more than $9 billion to acquire stations.
July 5, 2008 |
A former accountant for Rachael Ray's TV cooking show has filed a $1-million lawsuit, saying he was forced out of his job because he has an eating disorder. Aaron Ferguson says in papers filed in Manhattan's state Supreme Court that he has suffered from anorexia for about six years. He says his supervisor repeatedly exhibited "hostile behavior" and made "vile," discriminatory and hurtful comments. Ferguson said he began working in July 2007 for CBS Television Distributions Inc., a CBS Corp.
October 15, 2012 |
CBS Corp. is not about to lose Leslie Moonves. The 63-year-old chief executive has signed a new five-year deal, long in advance of his previous contract expiring in 2015. Moonves' new employment agreement, announced Monday, will keep the veteran television executive at the helm of the media company at least through June 2017. “This agreement secures the company even further into the future," Sumner Redstone, the company's chairman said. The terms of the new contract stipulates that Moonves' salary will remain at its current level, CBS said in a statement.
November 14, 2013 |
The Federal Communications Commission wants to encourage more foreign ownership of television and radio stations. Currently, there is a 25% cap on a foreign company or individual when it comes to owning a stake in a broadcast property. While the cap is not being loosened per se, the FCC said on Thursday that if an investment exceeded 25%, it could still be approved. "The ruling potentially removes obstacles to new capital investment, which will support small business, minority, and female broadcast ownership, and spur innovation," the FCC said in announcing that it was clarifying its foreign ownership policy.
November 15, 1997 |
Westinghouse Electric Corp. said Friday that it agreed to sell its power-generation business to Siemens of Germany for $1.5 billion in cash as part of its plan to divest its industrial businesses and become a media company. Westinghouse said its divestiture timetable had been pushed back about six months but was expected to be completed by the middle of next year, after which it will be a "pure-play media company" led by its CBS television network.
November 7, 2012 |
Higher fees for programming boosted broadcasting giant CBS Corp. to a solid third quarter with 15.7% growth in profit. For the period that ended Sept. 30, the company reported net earnings of $391 million, or 60 cents a share, up from $338 million, or 50 cents a share, during the third quarter of 2011. The earnings matched Wall Street analysts' forecasts. "CBS is keeping its streak with another quarter of record-breaking results," Chief Executive Leslie Moonves said Wednesday in a conference call with analysts.
April 23, 1999 |
CBS Corp., the top-rated U.S. TV network, said it has agreed to buy a 33% stake in WinStar Communications Inc.'s Office.com in exchange for $42 million in advertising, expanding its online holdings. Over six years, CBS will promote and provide advertising for Office.com on its TV network and affiliated stations, as well as across the radio and billboard businesses of Infinity Broadcasting Corp., in which CBS owns an 83% stake. Office.
September 21, 1999
CBS Corp., owner of the top-rated U.S. television network, said it will promote its new season of shows over America Online, giving it access to the No. 1 online service's more than 17 million subscribers. The campaign is to begin today and run through Sunday. CBS ads touting the network's new fall schedule will be displayed on several high-traffic areas of AOL, including its entertainment channel and "welcome" screen. In exchange, CBS will provide advertising time for AOL.