CBS CEO Les Moonves, Who Made ~$US70 Million Last Year, Scoffs At Latest Time Warner Offer

Les MoonvesREUTERS / Danny MoloshokNot good enough for me. I have bills to pay!

(Reuters) – CBS Corp Chief Executive Officer
Les Moonveson Tuesday rejected the latest proposal by Time Warner Cable Inc to end its blackout of the network’s shows.

Moonves said in a letter to Time Warner Cable CEO Glenn Britt that the proposal, released on Monday, was a distraction and not “sincere or helpful.” He also called the cable company’s offer to sell CBS channels to subscribers one-by-one on an “a la carte” basis an “empty gesture” and unrealistic.

In the three-page letter released to the media on Tuesday, Moonves asked Time Warner Cable to return to the negotiating table and “talk about the real issues that separate us.”

The blackout of CBS’ owned stations and cable networks on Time Warner Cable’s systems in the largest U.S. markets, New York and Los Angeles, is now in its fourth day. It has deprived viewers of summer hit “Under the Dome” and live sports such as golf that air on the broadcast network.

Shares of CBS were up 0.2 per cent at $US53.99 in early trading, while Time Warner Cable fell 0.5 per cent to $US115.89.

(Reporting by Liana B. Baker; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn)

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