Monday, February 18, 2008

CBS President Les Moonves Calls LaBelle

LABELLE, FL. --- Sunday Morning News and Southwest Florida Online publisher Don Browne received a surprise California phone call from CBS's Chief Executive Officer Les Moonves Saturday morning.

Browne was broadcasting his live internet video broadcast from his home in LaBelle when Moonves called to talk about internet broadcasting.

Moonves was joined on the phone with Browne by "PcEasy", a well-known internet broadcast producer, and producer of the "East Coast Vegas Show."

"PC" and Moonves questioned the Sunday Morning News publisher about the booming trend in live internet video broadcasting, and talked a little gossip about personalities and internet broadcasters around the county.  Moonves is investing in internet businesses including the recent purchase of internet music social site Last.FM.

Leslie Moonves is President and Chief Executive Officer of CBS Corporation. He was co-president of Viacom, Inc. the predecessor to CBS Corporation. He was formerly the president of CBS entertainment and Warner Bros. Television, where he initiated the hit shows Wings and Survivor. He also created the CW Network in January 2006.

Sometimes wacky and eclectic Moonves married Julie Chen on his 56th birthday in 2004. Chen is 21 years younger and is the host of Big Brother and appears on CBS's The Early Show. Moonves fired radio personality Don Imus in April 2007 after Imus used an alleged racial slur on his radio show.

Moonves resides in a mansion in the hills above Brentwood, California, and has three children: Adam, Michael, and Sara, with his former wife of 26 years, Nancy Wiesenfeld Moonves.

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