November 29, 1989 |
CBS Television has paid upward of $20 million for the television broadcast rights to Warner Bros.' megahit "Batman," sources said yesterday. Insiders said the blockbuster film could begin the first of several televised showings as early as May 1991. One source said the $20 million price tag comes with an escalator clause which could hike the price to about $30 million. CBS was not immediately avaiable for comment. To date, "Batman" has grossed $251 million in theatrical revenues and is the fastest selling videocassette in the country.
December 31, 1993 |
Wrapping up another year in tube sports . . . BIGGEST STORY OF THE YEAR: 1. The Fox Network outbidding CBS for the NFC games. 2. Launching of ESPN2. JOURNALISTS? NOT US: The day after the Fox network outbid CBS for the NFC games, NBC didn't mention the biggest deal in sports television history on "The NFL Live. " Braacck. BEST HUSTLE: NBC Sports president Dick Ebersol getting in his network's bid to keep AFC games ahead of CBS, after it knew it would lose the NFC to Fox. BEST NFL ANALYST: 1. John Madden (CBS)
June 9, 1987 |
CBS has compiled a series out of several pilot shows that didn't make the network's fall lineup. Under the banner "The CBS Summer Playhouse," the programs debut Friday night at 8 on Channel 10. An anthology of rejected shows with a fancy title is an interesting concept, but the kicker is that CBS will ask viewers to call in after each show to tell whether they liked it or not. Any program that gets enough positive reaction might eventually be...
March 6, 2005 |
Despite the stink of Memogate, the nasty shots from colleagues, and the indignity of relinquishing his anchor chair a year before he had planned, Dan Rather still pledges allegiance to CBS. "For better or worse, I love this place and the people in it," he says in an interview. "I am loyal to it, without apology. I like everybody here, and I mean everybody. Even the ones who don't think much of me. . . . "I'll stand with them till hell freezes over, then cut through the ice. " Rather, 73, ends his unprecedented 24-year run as anchor and managing editor of CBS Evening News on Wednesday.
May 28, 1991 |
The good news in CBS' 1991-92 schedule is not that an obvious hit will debut, but that the best series from the past year, whose fates were in some doubt, will return in the fall. Although CBS unveiled a slate of four new sitcoms, a new version of the "The Carol Burnett Show" and two dramas on Friday, the biggest news was that "Northern Exposure" and "The Trials of Rosie O'Neill," two of CBS' on-again, off-again, critically acclaimed series, have a spot in the fall lineup. "Northern Exposure," which premiered in the spring of 1990, then disappeared for almost a year, met with new praise and high ratings when it returned this spring Mondays at 10 p.m. It will return to the same spot in the fall, nicely capping CBS's terrific, and unchanged, Monday night lineup.
February 6, 1992 |
The last time CBS covered the Winter Olympics, the network offered three afternoons of black-and-white coverage. Viewers did not see the U.S. hockey team win its first gold medal because CBS brought no cameras to the arena in Squaw Valley, Calif. That was 1960, when the rights to broadcast the Games cost $50,000. This is 1992, and CBS has paid $243 million for the Albertville Olympics. With such an investment, the network will broadcast about 120 hours of the XVI Winter Games.
February 15, 1998 |
The U.S. Olympic Committee's top marketing executive criticized CBS's coverage of the Winter Olympics, complaining that ratings could be down because the network is making bad decisions with the timing of its commercials. "I am not happy with CBS," John Krimsky, the USOC's managing director for business affairs, told Bloomberg News in Nagano, Japan. "The networks have got to be able to sustain sports competition for a longer period of time, and they've got to stop interrupting at critical points to throw in one more ad and one more billboard.
September 14, 2004 |
Alert bloggers who knew the difference between the product of old typewriters and new word processors immediately suspected a hoax: The "documents" presented by CBS News suggesting preferential treatment in Lt. George W. Bush's National Guard service have all the earmarks of forgeries. The copies of copies of copies that formed the basis for the latest charges were supposedly typed by Guard officer Jerry Killian three decades ago and placed in his "personal" file. But it is the default typeface of Microsoft Word, highly unlikely to have been used by that Texas colonel, who died in 1984.
October 7, 1993 |
Two hours before last night's Phillies-Atlanta series opener, Rick Gentile and Bob Fishman sat in a CBS trailer in the television compound at Veterans Stadium. Gentile is the senior vice president for production for CBS Sports, and Fishman is the director of the National League Championship Series. As they watched Toronto beat Chicago in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series, both were eager for the Phillies-Braves series to start. But running through their minds was the reality that baseball on CBS is in its final weeks.
April 17, 1986 |
At CBS Inc.'s annual meeting here yesterday, few shareholders expressed dissatisfaction with the financial restructuring of the company and its handling of takeover propoals in the last year. Such issues were barely mentioned in a session dominated by concern over minority-employment practices expressed by the Rev. Jesse Jackson and charges of left-wing bias in CBS news coverage raised by several conservative groups. Jackson came to the session to pressure CBS for more hiring and promotion of blacks, Hispanics, Asians, and women at its TV stations.