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CBS Broadcasting Inc., commonly shortened to CBS (the abbreviation of its former legal name Columbia Broadcasting System), is an American commercial broadcast television and radio network that is the flagship property of the CBS Entertainment Group division of Paramount Global.

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CBS Broadcasting Inc.
TypeRadio and television network
CountryUnited States
HeadquartersCBS Building, Manhattan, New York City, New York
Picture format
OwnerParamount Global
ParentCBS Entertainment Group
Key people
Sister channels
FoundedSeptember 18, 1927
(95 years ago)
  • Radio: September 18, 1927 (1927-09-18)
  • Television: July 1, 1941 (1941-07-01)
FounderArthur Judson
Former names
  • United Independent Broadcasters, Inc. (1927–1928)
  • Columbia Phonographic Broadcasting System (1928)
  • Columbia Broadcasting System, Inc. (1928–1974)
  • CBS, Inc. (1974–1997)
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The evolution of Paramount
1912Famous Players Film Company is founded by Adolph Zukor
1913Lasky Feature Play Company is founded by Jesse Lasky
1914Paramount Pictures is founded as a film distributor by W. W. Hodkinson
1916Famous Players & Lasky merge as Famous Players-Lasky and acquire Paramount.
1920Group W forms with the launch of KDKA-AM
1927CBS is founded; Famous Players–Lasky assumes Paramount name
1929Paramount buys 49% of CBS
1932Paramount sells back shares of CBS.
1950Desilu is founded & CBS distributes its television programs
1952CBS creates the CBS Television Film Sales division
1958CBS Television Film Sales renamed to CBS Films
1966Gulf+Western buys Paramount
1968Gulf+Western acquires Desilu and renames it Paramount Television; CBS Films becomes CBS Enterprises
1970CBS Enterprises renamed to Viacom
1971Viacom is spun off from CBS as a separate company
1985Viacom buys full ownership of Showtime & MTV Networks
1986National Amusements buys Viacom
1989Gulf+Western renamed to Paramount Communications
1994Viacom acquires Paramount Communications
1995Westinghouse buys CBS
1997Westinghouse renamed to CBS Corporation
2000Viacom buys CBS Corporation
2001Viacom buys BET Networks
2005Viacom splits into second CBS Corporation and Viacom
2019CBS Corporation and Viacom re-merge to form ViacomCBS
2022ViacomCBS changes its name to Paramount Global

Headquartered at the CBS Building in New York City, it has major production facilities and operations at the CBS Broadcast Center and the headquarters of owner Paramount at One Astor Plaza (both also in that city) and Television City and the CBS Studio Center in Los Angeles. The network is part of the "Big Three" television networks. It is also sometimes referred to as the Eye Network in reference to the company's trademark symbol which has been in use since 1951.[1] It has also been called the Tiffany Network which alludes to the perceived high quality of its programming during the tenure of William S. Paley.[2][clarification needed] It can also refer to some of CBS's first demonstrations of color television, which were held in the former Tiffany and Company Building in New York City in 1950.