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Reed Hastings Is an Optimist

Jim Monroe | Posted 12.01.2014 | Media
Jim Monroe

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has predicted the death of broadcasting. That may come as a relief to many of today's broadcast executives who will be well into retirement by then. But if he is giving TV stations another 16 years, his outlook is downright rosy.

Why 60 Minutes Needs a Public Editor

Timothy Karr | Posted 02.18.2014 | Media
Timothy Karr

So what gives? Why has one of the most revered news operations -- a program that has won more Emmy Awards than any other TV news organization -- turned its back on the kind of shoe-leather investigative reporting that has earned it a record-setting audience?

What Would Dan Rather Do? With Benghazi Debacle, 60 Minutes Faces Another Crisis of Credibility

Eric Boehlert | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media
Eric Boehlert

How is it possible to spend a year checking out a story only to have it completely implode within five days of airing on CBS?

CBS Gets Some Great News Amid Time Warner Blackout

mc-3596-1705542522.us-west-2.elb.amazonaws.com | Posted 10.13.2013 | Media

CBS ought to be sending cookies to Comcast, DirecTV and other providers in New York, Los Angeles and Dallas....

A Letter to CBS and TWC

Lynn Isenberg | Posted 10.07.2013 | Media
Lynn Isenberg

Just how much is CBS asking Time Warner Cable to pay them to carry their programming? Just how much does TWC already pay? TWC makes money off of monthly subscription fees. CBS makes money off of TWC for a portion of those fees, plus advertising fees.

'It Was Not An Easy Decision'

Posted 09.03.2013 | TV

Fans were heartbroken when news broke that Cote de Pablo would be leaving "NCIS" in Season 11, and now the actress has opened up to Latina magazine ab...

CBS Angrily Rejects Time Warner Proposal

Reuters | Posted 10.06.2013 | Media

By Liana B. Baker (Reuters) - CBS Corp on Tuesday rejected the latest proposal by Time Warner Cable Inc to end its blackout of the TV n...

The Melodies Linger On (Part I)

Michael Sigman | Posted 10.03.2013 | Entertainment
Michael Sigman

Jan Swafford's slate.com essay "The Most Beautiful Melody in the World" inspired me to ask my most popular-music-obsessed friends to name their favori...

CBS Suffers Blow In Time Warner Dispute

Reuters | Posted 10.04.2013 | Media

Aug 3 (Reuters) - In an unusual show of solidarity between rivals, satellite TV provider DirecTV issued a statement on Saturday applauding Time Warn...

Time Warner Drops CBS, Then Brings It Back

AP | Posted 09.28.2013 | Media

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — The fee dispute between Time Warner Cable and CBS Corp. took an odd turn when the cable giant announced it was turning o...

Les Moonves On 'Big Brother' Racism: 'I Find It Absolutely Appalling'

The Huffington Post | Maureen Ryan | Posted 07.30.2013 | TV

The rampant racism, homophobia, and anti-Semitism on "Big Brother's" current Season 15 has created a firestorm of controversy. Houseguests Aaryn and G...

Money Couldn't Keep Cote de Pablo On 'NCIS'

The Huffington Post | Maureen Ryan | Posted 08.17.2013 | TV

When Cote de Pablo announced she was leaving "NCIS," fans were up in arms. The long-running drama, which still pulls in about 20 million viewers an ep...

CBS, Time Warner Dispute Lives On

Reuters | Posted 09.22.2013 | Media

By Liana B. Baker NEW YORK, July 23 (Reuters) - Millions of Time Warner Cable customers will get an extra day to watch...

CBS Chief Slams Time Warner Cable Over Dispute

Reuters | Posted 09.22.2013 | Media

NEW YORK, July 23 (Reuters) - CBS Corp Chief Executive Officer Leslie Moonves issued a memo to employees on Tuesday over an escalating programming f...

CBS Chief Hits Out At 'Today' Show

www.mediabistro.com | Posted 07.15.2013 | Media

CBS is delivering its upfront presentation to advertisers, media buyers and the press this afternoon, and CEO Les Moonves took aim squarely at NBC and...

CBS Boss: It's 'Dexter's' Last Season

The Huffington Post | Alex Moaba | Posted 03.05.2013 | TV

Pretty much everyone involved with Showtime's hit serial killer thriller "Dexter" has acknowledged that the upcoming eighth season will be the show's ...

Crisis Communications Advice for CBS: Fix Your CNET Mess. Now.

Art Brodsky | Posted 03.17.2013 | Media
Art Brodsky

CBS over the course of a couple of days also managed to trash sizable part of a $1.8 billion investment. All in all, not a bad weekend's work. The question now is: how do you dig yourself out of a big hole, assuming you even want to?

Les Moonves: Angus T. Jones Controversy Is A 'Piece Of Cake' After Sheen

Posted 12.04.2012 | TV

Les Moonves broke his silence on the Angus T. Jones "Two And A Half Men" controversy Tuesday in an interview with the "Wall Street Journal." The CBS C...

CBS Chief Lines Up $22 Million Bonus

AP | Posted 10.19.2012 | Entertainment

NEW YORK -- Two years after granting CEO Leslie Moonves a bundle of stock options as a bonus for signing a long-term contract, CBS Corp. is giving him...

NBC, Olympics Sucking Up Ad Revenue, Rivals Say

AP | RYAN NAKASHIMA | Posted 10.03.2012 | Media

LOS ANGELES (AP) — NBC's windfall on the Olympics is turning into a downfall for other TV networks. On Thursday, CBS Corp. Chief Exec...

CBS Chief Makes Admission About Political Coverage

www.latimes.com | Posted 08.07.2012 | Media

Before the event began, a long line of partygoers waited on the sidewalk outside the hotel to check in. CBS chief Les Moonves and his wife, Julie Chen...

Ad Skipping: Careful What You Wish For

Dennis O'Brien | Posted 05.18.2012 | TV
Dennis O'Brien

No one likes watching TV commercials, except, perhaps, during the Super Bowl. Even those whose livelihoods depend on them have a hard time convincing family members not to fast forward past them in this DVR age.

Media Compensation Spikes In 2011

The Wrap Media | Posted 06.20.2012 | Media

The economy was shaky, the home-entertainment industry was in turmoil and Occupy Wall Street was at full boil, but the top media and technology execut...

CBS' Les Moonves 2011 Compensation: $69.9M, Up 21%

deadline.com | Posted 06.13.2012 | Media

For perspective, Moonves' increase is far less than the 40% rise in CBS' stock in 2011. Still, the CEO's $69.9M package makes him by far the highest p...

Regis Pitches Mysterious New Project To CBS, TV Land

The Huffington Post | Alex Moaba | Posted 02.23.2012 | TV

Regis Philbin is officially trying to make a TV comeback, he told "The Talk." After dropping by the talk show on Thursday in the middle of an intervie...