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Subject:  Re: Now Showing at Viacom: Profits Date:  10/25/2003  8:45 AM
Author:  Goofyhoofy Number:  179 of 312

I hardly ever watch CBS. It seems like the shows are geared for an older audience.

Survivor. 60 Minutes. NFL Football. CSI.

I can't remember the last time I watched MTV.

Yeah, me too. Of course there's Comedy Central, VH1, TVLand, Nickelodean, Showtime, BET and some others. And whether you watch them or not, you're sending Viacom money every month in your cable bill, because the program providers get an affiliate fee for every subscriber.

In fact, I can't think of any product produced by Viacom (NYSE: VIA) that I do watch on a regular basis.

Oprah Winfrey, Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy? All the stuff on the History Channel produced by CBS News? Anything on UPN? The Dr. Phil Show? Everybody Loves Raymond? One of their hundreds of major market radio stations?

Maybe Lara Croft: TombRaider? How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days? Maybe Walter Issacson's biography of "Benjamin Franklin" from the publishing division? Maybe some of the billboards you drive by every day on your way to work? No? Do you rent any videos at Blockbuster?

Jeeze, you're tough.

Karmazin and Redstone have been known to squabble with each other over the years.

More than an understatement, it's like saying "People need food to survive."

Brian R. Hook, publisher at, can be reached by email at

OK, I'm guessing you don't watch Oprah.

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