Leslie Moonves
Leslie Moonves

CBS has started a round of layoffs and buyouts, according to Variety. The moves are expected to impact only a few dozen employees, and to be limited to the CBS network and its syndication group. With the growth of the streaming video service CBS All Access, the news streaming service CBSN, and the upcoming launch of an ad-supported sports streaming product, CBS is increasingly moving toward digital distribution of its programming. According to CBS Corp. CEO Leslie Moonves, CBS All Access now has more than 2 million subscribers. When the streaming service for CBS-owned Showtime is added into the mix, over 4 million subscribers are receiving CBS content digitally.

Voice of America

Voice of America and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, as well as several of their subsidiary outlets, have been declared “foreign agents” by the Russian government, requiring them to apply the “foreign agent” label to all content they broadcast to Russian audiences. So far, the new policy has not extended to such major international outlets as CNN. Russian Senator Andrei Klimov said that the registration requirements only include “propaganda companies”—which he told RT did not include CNN. The move is a response to actions taken last month by the U.S. Department of Justice against Kremlin-supported RT America and Sputnik. The two Russian media outlets complied last month with a U.S. request to register as foreign agents under the Foreign Agents Registration Act, following a January report from American intelligence agencies that the Russians were using RT America “to undermine faith in the U.S. government and fuel political protest.” 

Brian Sullivan
Brian Sullivan

Brian Sullivan has been promoted to president and chief operating officer of Fox Networks Group. He succeeds Randy Freer, who was named CEO of Hulu last month. Sullivan has served as president of Fox Networks’ digital group since 2015. Before that he was CEO of Sky Deutschland and managing director, customer group at Sky UK. At Fox, Sullivan will be head of revenue and distribution for the TV group that encompasses Fox Broadcasting, FX Networks, Fox Sports, National Geographic Partners, and Fox’s international channels group. He reports to 21st Century Fox president Peter Rice. “Brian is an incredibly talented executive and has been instrumental in leading the direct to consumer efforts across our brands,” said Rice. “His proven expertise in building digital video consumer products has made him an invaluable part of our senior leadership team.”