CBS Broadcasting Inc., an abbreviation of its former legal name Columbia Broadcasting System and commonly shortened to CBS, is an American commercial broadcast television and radio network. It is the flagship property of the CBS Entertainment Group division of Paramount Global. The network's headquarters are at the CBS Building in New York City, with major production facilities and operations at the CBS Broadcast Center and Paramount headquarters One Astor Plaza also in that city and Television City and the CBS Studio Center in Los Angeles.

CBS Broadcasting Inc.
Logo used since October 8, 2020
TypeRadio and television network
CountryUnited States
HeadquartersCBS Building, Manhattan, New York City, New York
Picture format
OwnerIndependent (1927–1995)
Paramount Pictures (49%; 1929–1932)
Westinghouse Electric Corporation (1995–1997)
CBS Corporation (1997–2000, 2005–2019)
Viacom (2000–2005)
Paramount Global (2019–present)
ParentCBS Entertainment Group
Key people
FoundedSeptember 18, 1927
(95 years ago)
  • Radio: September 18, 1927 (1927-09-18)
  • Television: July 1, 1941 (1941-07-01)
FounderArthur Judson
ReplacedUnited Independent Broadcasters, Inc.
Former names
  • Columbia Phonographic Broadcasting System
  • Columbia Broadcasting System, Inc.
  • CBS, Inc.
The evolution of Paramount
1912Paramount Pictures is founded
1927CBS is founded
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 as CBS Films
1966Gulf+Western buys Paramount
1968Gulf+Western acquires Desilu and renames it Paramount Television & CBS Films becomes CBS Enterprises
1970CBS Enterprises renamed as 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 as Paramount Communications
1994Viacom acquires Paramount Communications
1995Westinghouse buys CBS
1997Westinghouse renamed as CBS Corporation
1999Viacom buys CBS Corporation
2001Viacom buys BET Networks
2006Viacom splits into second CBS Corporation and Viacom
2019CBS Corporation and Viacom re-merge to form ViacomCBS
2022ViacomCBS changes its name to Paramount Global

It is also sometimes referred to as the Eye Network, in reference to the company's trademark symbol, in use since 1951.[1] It has also been called the Tiffany Network, alluding 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.

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