Redstone: CBS Will Win Stern Lawsuit
April 17, 2006

Viacom and CBS Chairman Sumner Redstone recently said that he is confident CBS Radio will win its lawsuit against Howard Stern. The suit was filed in February and accuses Stern of "multiple breaches of contract, fraud, unjust enrichment, and misappropriation of CBS Radio's broadcast time." In more simple terms, CBS felt that Stern's relentless plugging of his new job at Sirius Satellite Radio while still a CBS employee amounted to him stealing airtime. CBS is also calling out the $200 million bonus Sirius gave to Stern when it hit a certain subscriber goal, saying that Stern kept that important aspect of the deal a secret.

"We are pretty confident of winning," Redstone says in an interview with Newsweek, according to the New York Post. "Howard Stern used our airwaves to advertise a competitor. We are supposed to get paid for advertising. We did not."

When Redstone was asked why CBS waited until after Stern had joined Sirius before filing the lawsuit, he said, "We delayed suing him because we do not lightly enter into litigation. But now that we have, we are determined to see it through."

Meanwhile, Stern has denied the allegations, calling the suit a personal vendetta against him by CBS chief Les Moonves. Stern appeared on David Letterman's show on March 13 wearing an "I Hate Les Moonves" t-shirt and telling Letterman, "I'm not going to be bullied by him."




 
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