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Leslie Moonves has been named president of CBS Television, expanding his responsibilities to include all aspects of network programming and distribution except for news and sports. In the wake of the move, CBS Television Network President James Warner, 44, will leave, his position having been eliminated. "I understand it," said Warner, who had been with CBS since 1989. "You need a single person at the top. . . . I thought a clean break made sense."
August 2, 2012 | By Meg James
Broadcasting giant CBS Corp. increased its second-quarter profit 8%, although the company's revenue slipped -- which might not ease concerns on Wall Street that the advertising market has cooled. For the quarter that ended June 30, the company beat analysts' profit estimates. CBS on Thursday reported net earnings of $427 million, or 65 cents a share, up from $395 million, or 58 cents, for the year-earlier period. CBS said its earnings were the highest in the company's history. CBS generated $3.47 billion in revenue in the quarter, down 3% from $3.59 billion in the second quarter of 2011.
November 30, 1991 | RICK DU BROW
Oh, it was a beautiful plan by CBS. The network had finally put "Dallas" out to pasture in May, and there were all those middle-aged and older Friday-night viewers just waiting for new programming that also would be tailored to their tastes. The strategy was simple: Concede the kids in the audience to ABC's dominant Friday lineup of such shows as "Family Matters" and "Perfect Strangers." Build up the resurgent CBS network where possible.
August 3, 2011 | By Meg James, Los Angeles Times
CBS Corp.'s rich library of old television shows continues to pay dividends. The broadcasting giant's second-quarter profit more than doubled, helped in part by high-margin revenue that the company received through its program-licensing deal with Netflix Inc. Nonetheless, the bulk of CBS earnings were driven by its core businesses — television, radio and billboard advertising — as well as the syndication sale of the Kelsey Grammer sitcom...
November 28, 1992 | RICK DU BROW
Calling Dan Quayle. Calling Dan Quayle. CBS knew how valuable the vice president was when the fall premiere of "Murphy Brown" went through the roof in the ratings--responding to Quayle's criticism of the series. The network's glittering Monday lineup looked untouchable as "Murphy Brown" and "Northern Exposure" were joined by two lively new series about romantic relationships, "Love & War" and "Hearts Afire," which both drew strong ratings in their early outings.
Although a mistrial has been declared in the Erik Menendez murder case and jury deliberations are continuing in the trial of his brother Lyle, both CBS and Fox are proceeding with projects based on the sensationalized Beverly Hills killings of their parents, Jose and Kitty Menendez. "It is incumbent on us to be very circumspect about what we say and where we put the emphasis," said Zev Braun, producer of a four-hour miniseries for CBS, targeted to air during the May ratings sweeps.
February 19, 2008
"Dexter": An article in Sunday's Calendar section about the television show "Dexter" incorrectly said that Showtime and CBS are "sister networks under Viacom." While the CBS television network and Showtime are both part of the CBS Corp., they are not owned by Viacom.
January 17, 1988 | JAY SHARBUTT, Times Staff Writer
An embarrassed CBS fired a contrite Jimmy (The Greek) Snyder Saturday after the sports commentator said in a much-criticized television interview that blacks were "bred" to be better athletes than whites. Snyder, who outraged civil rights leaders with this and other remarks about blacks in sports, reiterated a "heart-felt apology" he made after the interview was televised Friday, but raised the possibility he may sue CBS for dropping him.
February 16, 1989 | ALEENE MacMINN, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
How would CBS anchor Dan Rather feel if Japanese-owned Sony, which last year bought CBS Records for $2 billion, wanted to buy the CBS Television network? When Rather was asked that Wednesday in New York at a Japan Society lunch to publicized CBS News' coming big-scale trip to Japan, Rather initially joked about it, then said: "I wouldn't have any problem with it. We live in an interdependent economic world."
May 21, 2009 | Scott Collins; Maria Elena Fernandez
When they roll out their fall schedules, TV networks typically make their biggest headlines with new series. But CBS -- the only broadcaster to enjoy ratings gains in an otherwise glum television season -- on Wednesday raised eyebrows with gutsy moves for two returning shows. The network will shift "The Mentalist," television's most-watched new show this year, from Tuesday to a prominent Thursday spot behind "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation."
September 23, 2008 | Matea Gold, Times Staff Writer
A New York state Supreme Court judge Monday limited the scope of Dan Rather's $70-million lawsuit against CBS Corp., tossing out his claims that the network committed fraud and unlawfully interfered with his contract in his final months at the news division.
February 24, 2008
"Dexter": An article last Sunday about the television show "Dexter" incorrectly said that Showtime and CBS are "sister networks under Viacom." While the CBS television network and Showtime are both part of CBS Corp., they are not owned by Viacom.
February 17, 2008 | Lynn Smith, Times Staff Writer
High above Wilshire Boulevard, scenes from the pilot of "Dexter" were illuminating a tiny editing room. From a couch, Bob Greenblatt, Showtime's president of entertainment, considered the original version of the bloody series about a well-meaning serial killer -- and compared it to the revised version he'd made for CBS. CBS will begin airing the 12 episodes of Season 1, or at least parts of them, tonight in another sign of how the networks are tiptoeing into edgier fare.
December 19, 2007 | From City News Service
CBS had eight of the week's top 10 prime-time programs last week, making it the most-watched network for the eighth time in the season's 12 weeks, according to figures released Tuesday by Nielsen Media Research. CBS averaged 11.08 million viewers between Dec. 10 and Sunday, 29% more than NBC, which was second with 8.56 million. CBS' "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" drew 19.87 million viewers to become the week's most-watched program for the seventh time this season.
November 22, 2007 | Joe Mathews, Times Staff Writer
A Democratic presidential debate scheduled for next month in Los Angeles could be canceled because of the labor troubles of its sponsor, CBS News. More than 500 news writers, editors, desk assistants, graphic artists and other staffers for CBS' TV and radio news operations have been working without a contract since April 2005, and this month voted to authorize a strike. These employees work for CBS News and its affiliates in four cities, including Los Angeles, where CBS is putting on the Dec.
January 7, 2003 | From Bloomberg News
CBS television network President Leslie Moonves told a judge that the hit show "Survivor" would suffer if rival ABC were allowed to broadcast a competing reality show Moonves called "pretty terrible." CBS, a unit of Viacom Inc., is asking U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska in New York to block Walt Disney Co.'s ABC from broadcasting an American version of the British hit "I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here!"
November 17, 2007 | Matea Gold, Times Staff Writer
NEW YORK -- Two months after Dan Rather filed a $70-million lawsuit against his former employer, CBS fired back with a motion for dismissal Thursday, saying its former anchor's charges "bear no resemblance to reality." The network's 25-page motion describes Rather's lawsuit as "a regrettable attempt" by him "to remain in the public eye, and to settle old scores and perceived slights."
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