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CBS (originally the Columbia Broadcasting System) is one of the traditional "big three" commercial television networks in the United States (along with ABC and NBC). CBS network is the largest of the three. "It also operates about 40 TV stations around the country and owns 50% of The CW Network. On cable, CBS owns movie channel Showtime and sports channel CSTV. It creates and distributes programming through CBS Television Distribution Group and CBS Paramount Network Television. In addition to TV, the company owns CBS Radio, CBS Outdoor, and book publisher Simon & Schuster. Chairman Sumner Redstone has more than 70% voting control over CBS Corp. through his National Amusements cinema chain." [1]

The CBS Television Network feeds programming to over 200 independently owned television stations in the United States. CBS Corporation was once known as the Westinghouse Electric Corporation. The Columbia Broadcasting System today is the name of CBS's radio broadcasting unit.

At the end of 2005 CBS separated from Viacom. Viacom Chairman Sumner Redstone still has more than 70% voting control over CBS through his National Amusements cinema chain. [2]

William S. Paley developed the CBS radio and television networks.


1927: Founded as United Independent Broadcasters.

1928: Name changed to Columbia Broadcasting System.

1938: Acquires the American Recording Corporation, which would become Columbia Records.

June 1969: CBS cancelled The Smothers Brothers Show after the comedians regularly use their show to protest the Vietnam War.

May 2000: Merged with Viacom Inc.

December 31, 2005: Separated from Viacom Inc.

Political contributions

CBS gave $18,500 to federal candidates in the 2006 election cycle through its political action committee - 43% to Democrats, 57% to Republicans. [3]


Key executives with 2006 pay: [4]


Accessed December 2007: [5]

Contact details

51 West 52nd Street
New York, NY 10019
Phone: 212-975-4321
Fax: 212-975-4516

Resources and articles

Related Sourcewatch articles


  1. CBS Profile, Hoovers, accessed July 2007.
  2. CBS Separation, Viacom, accessed July 2007.
  3. 2006 PAC Summary Data, Open Secrets, accessed July 2007.
  4. CBS profile, Yahoo Finance, accessed July 2007.
  5. Directors, CBS, accessed December 9, 2007.

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