Redstone: CBS "Confident Of Winning" Stern Suit
April 17, 2006 at 11:23 AM (PT)
In an interview in the new issue of NEWSWEEK, VIACOM and CBS CORP. Chairman SUMNER REDSTONE said that CBS is "pretty confident of winning" its suit against HOWARD STERN, agent DON BUCHWALD, and SIRIUS SATELLITE RADIO.
STERN "used our airwaves to advertise a competitor," REDSTONE told Senior Writer JOHNNIE L. ROBERTS. "We are supposed to get paid for advertising. We did not. And he was incentivized to do that, as shown by the bonus that he got [from SIRIUS]... We're suing not only for what he did on the airwaves, but for the bonus that he got as a result of misusing our airwaves. We are pretty confident of winning. And if you don't believe me, ask LES (MOONVES)."
We are pretty confident of winning. And if you don't believe me, ask Les.
The interview also touches on the networks' fight against the FCC's indecency rules ("I think it's awful. I think that the government absolutely should not determine what Americans see and hear. And that applies to this recent attack on 'WITHOUT A TRACE.' All it purported to do was to warn parents to keep closer supervision of their children. There was no explicit sex. And yet we were attacked. The bottom line is, the government should stay out of this business"), the addition of KATIE COURIC to the CBS EVENING NEWS ("very innovative"), and the suit brought by son BRENT against the family ("It has absolutely, unequivocally no merit").
Read the interview by clicking here.