ViacomCBS, Meredith Set Affiliation Renewals

The new multi-year agreement covers all seven CBS affiliates owned by Meredith, which reach 7% of the U.S. audience serving more than 7.6 million television households.

ViacomCBS And Nexstar Renew More Affiliations

The new multi-year agreement with the largest independent operator of CBS affiliates covers nine stations reaching approximately 3.5% of the U.S.

ACM Awards Announce New Date

Producers of the Academy of Country Music Awards have settled on a new date for the live CBS telecast, landing on Sept. 16, pushing back the ceremony five months from its originally scheduled April 5 perch.

CBS Launches Coronavirus PSA Push

“Through it all, we have each other. And no matter what, we’re all in this together.” That’s the message in a new PSA from CBS aimed at reaching a jittery public amid the coronavirus scare. Stars from NCIS: Los Angeles, Young Sheldon, Hawaii Five-0, The Amazing Race, FBI, Star Trek: Discovery, S.W.A.T., MacGyver and CBS News shows offer some reassuring words in the minutelong clip.

CBS Soaps Suspend Production

CBS daytime dramas are the latest TV series impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. In the face of a fast-escalating health crisis and new restrictions by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti aimed at slowing the epidemic, The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful are stopping production. The shutdown is effective Tuesday, March 17, as both series are dark on Mondays. Currently, filming is suspended for the next two weeks.

Academy Of Country Music Postpones Awards

The Academy of Country Music said Sunday that it was postponing its annual awards show, which was to be held April 5 at the MGM Garden Arena in Las Vegas and televised on CBS, because of the coronavirus pandemic.

CBS Slots Programming To Replace Basketball

The network will air original episodes of Hawaii Five-O on Friday, March 27, at 9 p.m. with the series finale following at 9 p.m., Friday, April 3. Original episodes of MacGyver will air Friday, March 27, and Friday, April 3, at 8 p.m., and an original episode of Blue Bloods will air Friday, April 3, at 10 p.m.

CBS, Warner Hope March Madness Goes On

The top executives overseeing CBS Sports’ and Turner Sports’ annual telecast of the NCAA’s March Madness men’s basketball college championship said today that they were continuing to prepare for the event as if it would not be affected by the spread of coronavirus, though both were ready to shift plans if the NCAA decided doing so would be necessary, potentially resulting in games that are broadcast without audiences in attendance.

PGA Makes $6.3 Billion Rights Deals

The PGA Tour, the organizer of the main professional men’s golf tours in the U.S., has struck a new nine-year deal with CBS Sports, NBC Sports and ESPN that significantly raises the costs of bringing golf to U.S. fans while gaining new traction for digital coverage of the sport.

Rose McIver To Star In CBS Comedy ‘Ghosts’

CBS’s Kelli Raftery Exiting

Kelli Raftery, a veteran CBS communications executive who has worked in many different roles over more than two decades at the company, is poised to leave, one of several executives departing in the wake of the company’s recent merger with Viacom.

Reporter Sues KDKA For Age Discrimination

CBS’s Dana McClintock Leaving After 27 Years

CBS Chief Communications Officer Dana McClintock is exiting the company at the end of June. He’s worked in the CBS communications department for 27 years. As often happens in a merger situation, the outgoing CEO’s — Joe Ianniello, an interim one, in this case — communications lead follows him or her out the door.

‘Hawaii Five-0’ To End After 10 Seasons

CBS’s Hawaii Five-0 will be coming to an end. The popular action crime drama series will wrap its 10-year, 240-episode run with a two-hour series finale on Friday, April 3.

CBS Halts ‘The Amazing Race’ Over Coronavirus Concerns

Sophia Bush To Star In CBS Medical Drama ‘Good Sam’

CBS Finds Its Clarice For ‘Silence Of The Lambs’ Sequel

Comscore, CBS Reup Ratings Deal

The agreement sees 27 CBS-owned stations in 17 major U.S. markets continuing their use of Comscore local ratings currency.

CBS, Turner Quickly Sell Out March Madness

Nothing but net as advertisers snatch up the last of the tourney’s ad inventory a full month before tipoff.

Streaming Has Broadcast Nets Rethinking Pilots

Now more than ever, the broadcast networks are feeling the need to change up their typical pilot season strategy. With existing streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, Disney Plus and Amazon and new competitors like HBO Max and Peacock developing shows year-round, the broadcasters are slowly but surely shifting their plans to include more off-cycle pickups.

CBS Beats Va. Official’s Defamation Suit

The state’s Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax hasn’t proven the network acted with malice in airing interviews with two women who accuse him of sexual assault, but a Virginia federal judge found his claims in the $400 million lawsuit to be reasonable enough to deny an award of attorney’s fees.

CBS Developing ‘CSI’ Event Series Revival

CSI could be coming back to CBS. Variety has confirmed with sources that the broadcaster is eyeing a potential event series revival of the megahit show, which aired on the network from 2000 to 2015. The project is in the very early development stages and no original cast members are currently attached.

‘Judge Judy’ Profits Fight Settled

A 2016 dispute that included a complaint about Judy Sheindlin’s $47 million salary has been resolved by a mediator.

George Cheeks Named Head Of CBS

ViacomCBS has made it official today: Joe Ianniello, chairman and CEO of CBS, will be leaving the company. George Cheeks has been appointed president and CEO of CBS Entertainment Group, effective March 23.

‘Young And Restless’ Gets 4-Season Renewal

On the heels of Days of Our Lives‘ official pickup at NBC, CBS has renewed fellow sudser The Young and the Restless for four — count ’em, four — more seasons. The blockbuster deal ensures that daytime’s No. 1 soap will be around through (at least) the 2023-24 TV season.

CBS Ready For High-Stakes Tony Romo Fight To Kick Off NFL TV Free-Agent Bonanza

CBS Business Operations Head To Leave

Longtime CBS executive Deborah Barak will leave the network at the end of the year. Barak, president of business operations for CBS Entertainment, CBS Television Studios and CBS News, will exit the company after more than 30 years in the latest change to the network’s management structure.

Queen Latifah-Led ‘Equalizer’ Reboot Nabs CBS Pilot Pickup

CBS CEO Ianniello Expected To Leave In Spring

CBS CEO Joe Ianniello is expected to depart from ViacomCBS in the spring, according to two individuals familiar with the situation.

Can CBS’s Grammys Telecast Weather Scandal?

Deborah Dugan has gone from leading the Recording Academy to being a whistleblower. Here’s why those watching — or not watching — this year’s awards ceremony may be more consequential than any judge.

TVN TECH

TVN Tech | For Election 2020, It’s IP In A Landslide

Stations and broadcast networks alike are heavily turning to IP contribution to cover the presidential primaries this year as past contention problems have largely dissipated and cellular networks greatly improved. For some, however, dedicated fiber and satellite trucks will still play a key role.

THE PRICE POINT

The Price Point | An Ode To CBS’s Black Rock

My first thought when seeing Viacom’s announcement that William S. Paley’s architectural masterpiece Black Rock will be put on the market was horror. But then I checked. Black Rock is on the National Register of Historic Places, so I, for one, breathed a sigh of relief.

Suit Against CBS, Moonves Allowed To Continue

A federal judge in New York has allowed a shareholder lawsuit against CBS Corp. to proceed based on the specificity of statements made by disgraced former chairman-CEO Leslie Moonves at a 2017 Variety conference.

CBS Orders Silence Of The Lambs Sequel

Nets, Nielsen to Test Addressable Ad Platform

A+E Networks, AMC Networks, CBS, Discovery, Fox, NBCUniversal, WarnerMedia and other media publishers double down on addressable TV initiatives ahead of the 2020 upfronts.

Locast Launches GoFundMe Page To Fight Nets

The streaming service has created a legal defense fund to battle CBS, NBC, Fox and ABC to “protect streaming of local broadcast TV.”

Networks Celebrate Holidays By Paying Tribute To Their Teams

Remembering CBS’s ‘Knots Landing’ At 40

Judge Blocks Maine’s A La Carte Cable Law

A first-in-the-nation Maine law seeking to force cable providers to offer a la carte services has been temporarily blocked by a federal judge in a decision that renders the new requirement unlikely to ever take effect.

ViacomCBS To Drop SEC Football In ’23

CBS will walk away from the SEC when its contract ends after the 2023 football season, and all indications are that the package will move to ESPN/ABC. CBS decided to exit the negotiations for college football’s most-watched TV package after making an aggressive bid in the neighborhood of $300 million per season — a massive increase from the $55 million it currently pays annually.