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.
June 23, 2009 |
CBS is losing its top bean counter. Fred Reynolds, the longtime chief financial officer of CBS Corp., is stepping down next month and retiring in August. He will be succeeded by Joe Ianniello, who has been deputy chief financial officer. Reynolds, 58, has been CBS Chief Executive Leslie Moonves' Wall Street wingman for nearly a decade. He almost left the company in 2005, but Moonves, who commands extreme loyalty from his underlings, lured him back.
February 20, 2014 |
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.
April 4, 2013 |
CBS executives are not wasting any time after buying 50% of the TV Guide Network, announcing plans to heat up the cable channel's evening schedule with the No. 1 daytime drama, "The Young and the Restless. " Beginning this summer, encore episodes of the popular soap will run on the TV Guide Network, also known as TVGN, at 7 p.m. on the same day as their telecast on the top-rated CBS network. The fan-favorite drama, which is owned by Sony Pictures Television, has been enjoying a second run in cable for many years on SOAPnet, a cable property of Walt Disney Co. However, Disney has said it eventually wants to turn SOAPnet into a channel called Disney Jr. with programming aimed at tots. PHOTOS: Hollywood Backlot moments Repeats of "The Young and the Restless" will remain on SOAPnet until this summer, when they will shift to TVGN.
January 27, 2010 |
CBS Corp., acknowledging Tuesday that it has changed its policy and now accepts commercials that advocate political causes, defended its decision to run a politically sensitive advertisement during next month's Super Bowl. The thicket that CBS finds itself in could become increasingly common for TV networks and local stations. Last week the U.S. Supreme Court lifted a decades-old prohibition that prevented corporations from buying ads and financing candidates and campaigns. Now media analysts are predicting that as much as $500 million in corporate money could flood this year's political campaigns, unleashing a torrent of issue advertising that will force TV executives to weigh the ever-shifting debate about which commercials cross the line.
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.