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Viacom split: CBS Corporation & 'New' Viacom to debut in NY stock exchange on 3 Jan

MUMBAI: Viacom Inc. has completed the transaction to separate the company into two publicly traded entities, CBS Corporation and "New" Viacom Inc.

Shares of the two new companies will commence trading on the New York Stock Exchange on 3 January, 2006, under the symbols: "CBS.A" (CBS Corporation Class A Common Stock) and "CBS" (CBS Corporation Class B Common Stock) and "VIA" (Viacom Inc. Class A Common Stock) and "VIA.B" (Viacom Inc. Class B Common Stock).

The transaction to separate Viacom's businesses was announced in June 2005.

CBS Corporation comprises CBS Television Network, UPN, CBS Radio, Viacom Outdoor, Viacom Television Stations Group, Paramount Television, King World, Simon & Schuster, Showtime and Paramount Parks.

CBS Corporation will also include the operations of CSTV: Networks, Inc., a sports television network and digital media company devoted exclusively to college athletics, an acquisition expected to close in early January 2006.

Viacom Inc. comprises MTV Networks (MTV, VH1, Nickelodeon, Nick at Nite, Comedy Central, CMT: Country Music Television, Spike TV, TV Land and many other networks around the world), BET, Paramount Pictures, Paramount Home Entertainment and Famous Music.

Viacom Inc. has also entered into an agreement to acquire DreamWorks SKG, a leading motion picture and television

production studio, and an exclusive, worldwide distribution agreement with DreamWorks Animation. The acquisition of Dreamworks SKG is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2006, and the worldwide distribution agreement will become effective at the time the acquisition is completed.

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