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CBS
CBS logo.jpg
Founded 1939
President Nina Tassler
Company CBS Corporation
Notable Series 60 Minutes
The Big Bang Theory
NCIS
Person of Interest
Survivor

CBS is a national broadcast network in the USA. The acronym originally stood for Columbia Broadcasting System but since 1995 is no longer officially an acronym as the network no longer has an affiliation with the Columbia brand now owned by Sony. The TV side was founded by William S. Paley in 1939; CBS radio was founded in 1927 by Columbia Records.

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History

In April of 1927 the Columbia Phonographic Manufacturing Company (also known as Columbia Records but not affiliated with Columbia Pictures until Sony purchased both in the late 1980s) purchased the start-up radio network United Independent Broadcasters and renamed it the Columbia Phonographic Broadcasting System. It went on the air September 18, 1927 on flagship station WOR in New Jersey and 15 affiliates. A week later unable to sell enough ad time Columbia sold the radio network to William S. Paley who dropped the Phonographic portion of the title arriving at the acronym still used today. Paley used finesse in attracting advertisers to the network, stars to its radio shows and lining up affiliates in a hurry. Ten years later CBS would buy its former investor Columbia Records outright (it would later sell Columbia Records to Sony in 1988).

The TV component started in a limited capacity, airing one hour a day on New York experimental station W2XAB (today flagship WCBS/channel 2). CBS had bought Hytron laboratories to develop a color TV system, but their process was turned down by the FCC in favor of RCA (NBC's parent company). CBS lagged behind DuMont and NBC in shoring up programming, starting up new affiliates nationwide once NBC made black-and-white broadcast universal. One of those new affiliates was Los Angeles' KTTV/channel 11, in which CBS owned a 50% stake. Due to a duopoly law with DuMont, CBS would sell its stake in KTTV, buy DuMont affiliate KTSL/channel 2 and move CBS there. It was renamed KNXT (after its radio counterpart KNX). Today it is west coast flagship KCBS.

In the 1950s as CBS began to pick up steam, the famous Eye logo came into the fold. It was designed in 1951 by William Golden and was inspired by a Shaker drawing and a Dutch hex sign in Pennsylvania. CBS was still behind NBC when it came to color broadcasting; RCA had developed approved color cameras and CBS was not going to co-op with the competition. CBS continued in black-and-white through the mid 60s, except where sponsors would pop for the occasional nighttime special. By 1965, CBS had graduated to color but only by necessity.

During the ensuing decades, CBS had been owned by Westinghouse and Paramount-Viacom. They are now self-owned, having been divested from Viacom earlier in the 2000s but both companies are still technically controlled by Sumner Redstone's National Amusements. On May 4, 2006 CBS started their online content delivery site, innertube. In 2006, CBS and Time-Warner jointly launched The CW, a small network which launched that fall. CBS and Time-Warner each own a handful of CW affiliates.

In-Depth

Current Shows (2013–2014 Season)

(including the Summer of 2014)

Primetime

Scripted series
Non-scripted series
Canceled in 2012–2013

Non-Primetime

Non-primetime news
Daytime dramas
Daytime talk / game / reality shows
Late night shows
Saturday morning children's shows (Discontinued in 2013; replaced with CBS Dream Team)

Current Primetime Schedule

Day 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30
Monday How I Met Your Mother 2 Broke Girls Mike & Molly Mom Intelligence
Tuesday NCIS NCIS: Los Angeles Person of Interest
Wednesday Comedy Repeats Comedy Repeats Criminal Minds CSI
Thursday The Big Bang Theory The Millers The Crazy Ones Two and a Half Men Elementary
Friday Undercover Boss Hawaii Five-0 Blue Bloods
Saturday Comedytime Saturday Crimetime Saturday 48 Hours Mystery
Sunday Various Various Various Various

Current Non-Primetime Schedule

Morning

Day 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30 11:00 11:30
Weekday The Early Show The Price Is Right
Saturday CBS This Morning: Saturday Lucky Dog Dr. Chris Pet Vet Recipe Rehab Jamie Oliver's 15 Minute Meals All In with Laila Ali Game Changers with Kevin Frazier
Sunday CBS News Sunday Morning Face the Nation

Afternoon and Evening

Day 12:30PM 1:00PM 1:30PM 2:00PM 2:30PM 3:00PM 3:30PM 4:00PM 4:30PM 5:00PM 5:30PM 6:00PM 6:30PM
Weekday The Young and the Restless The Bold and the Beautiful The Talk Let's Make a Deal CBS Evening News with Katie Couric
Weekend Various Sports CBS Evening News with Russ Mitchell

Late Night

Day 11:00PM 11:35PM 12:05AM 12:35AM 1:05AM 1:35AM 2:00AM 2:30AM
Weekday Late Show with David Letterman The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson Up to the Minute

CBS owned-and-operated stations

CBS owns and operates the following television stations:

DMA Location Call Digital Virtual Network
1 New York City NY WCBS-TV 33 2 CBS
2 Los Angeles CA KCBS-TV 43 2 CBS
3 Chicago IL WBBM-TV 12 2 CBS
4 Philadelphia PA KYW-TV 26 3 CBS
5 Dallas/Ft. Worth TX KTVT 11 11 CBS
6 San Francisco CA KPIX-TV 29 5 CBS
7 Boston MA WBZ-TV 30 4 CBS
11 Detroit MI WWJ-TV 44 62 CBS
15 Minneapolis/St. Paul MN WCCO-TV 32 4 CBS
16 Miami FL WFOR-TV 22 4 CBS
17 Denver CO KCNC-TV 35 4 CBS
20 Sacramento CA KOVR 25 13 CBS
23 Pittsburgh PA KDKA-TV 25 2 CBS
27 Baltimore MD WJZ-TV 13 13 CBS

CBS owned stations

CBS owns the following television stations:

DMA Location Call Digital Virtual Affiliation
1 Riverhead NY WLNY-TV 47 55 Ind.
2 Los Angeles CA KCAL-TV 9 9 Ind.
4 Philadelphia PA WPSG 32 57 The CW
5 Dallas/Ft. Worth TX KTXA 18 21 Ind.
6 San Francisco CA KBCW 45 44 The CW
7 Boston MA WSBK-TV 39 38 My Network TV
8 Atlanta GA WUPA 43 69 The CW
11 Detroit MI WKBD-TV 14 50 The CW
12 Seattle WA KSTW 11 11 The CW
14 Tampa/St. Petersburg FL WTOG 44 44 The CW
16 Miami FL WBFS-TV 32 33 My Network TV
20 Sacramento CA KMAX-TV 21 31 The CW
23 Pittsburgh PA WPCW 11 19 The CW
27 Indianapolis IN WBXI-CA none 47 MTV Tr3s

External Sites

Official website for CBS