Sunday, June 19, 2005

Viacom, CBS Split Seen as Positive by Local Affiliate

Source: Arkansas The recently announced spinoff of CBS as a separate company from media giant Viacom is seen as a positive deal from the top all the way down to its local affiliates, said Larry Audas, KTHV-TV, Channel 11, general manager.

Viacom Inc. and CBS Corp. will begin operating as separate publicly traded companies by the first quarter of 2006.

"All it does is puts the network in a better position to focus more energy on providing a better product," Audas said.

Audas said he was in attendance as CBS held its annual network meeting two weeks ago at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, where newly appointed CBS Corp. leader Les Moonves spoke to general managers from affiliates across the country about the split.

"The mood was very upbeat and positive," said Audas. "This is something that both sides see as a chance to improve on what they have to offer."

Under the deal, CBS Corp. will control the CBS and UPN broadcasting networks, Viacom Television Stations Group, Infinity Broadcasting, Viacom Outdoor, Paramount and King World television production operations, Showtime, Simon & Schuster, and Paramount Parks.

Viacom's end of the deal has the company in control of its cable operations. The company will house MTV Networks, which includes MTV, VH1, Nickelodeon, Nick at Nite, Comedy Central, CMT, Spike TV, TV Land and others. It will also control BET, Paramount Pictures and Paramount Home Entertainment.

KTHV is owned and operated by another media conglomerate, Gannett Co., which will still have control over nearly everything except the national programming passed on by CBS.

"We're positioned by Gannett to make good local decisions here, and that's what we do. Then we interact with CBS in regard to its network programming and those types of things," Audas said.


At 4:19 PM, June 20, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The better product Audus was referring to...does that include going live on a cat who is stuck in a they did Friday night at Ten. Although I feel sorry for the cat....that is not the first nor will it be the last cat stuck in a tree. I'm not sure that warrants a live shot or even a story at all.

At 4:24 PM, June 20, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah.. I saw that. I couldn't believe they did so much on a cat in a tree of all things. What's even more funny is the fact they didn't even cover it well. I never saw how the cat got out of the tree. I guess the THV crew took a dinner break or something and missed the most important part of a weak story. I guess this explains why their 10:00 news is falling in the ratings.

At 4:45 PM, June 20, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aren't cats always climbing in trees? Isn't that what cats do? I've never seen a cats skeleton in a tree. I assume they get back down on their own.

At 4:50 PM, June 20, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah I heard their next story is a squirell who climbed up a tree but left his acorn down on the ground. That's part of Wednesday's THV Difference.

At 4:22 PM, June 22, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KTHV, When are you going to stop promoting that you are the "fastest growing station" in Arkansas. From the looks of the last couple of books, you're the fastest shrinking station in Arkansas. Just look at the numbers.


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