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Wall Street's attention switched yesterday to the next major takeover expected to revolutionise the American entertainment industry.

$5bn bid for CBS imminent

A $5bn bid for the US broadcaster CBS by Westinghouse Electric could emerge as early as mid-week. "Meetings are scheduled for early in the week - possibly even Monday - and further substantial reports of a deal or formal offer should not be expected until the middle of the week", a source told Reuters over the weekend.

A $5bn bid that has Wall Street worried

Westinghouse's interest in CBS has left analysts cold. Michael Marray reports

Shareholders add to CBS troubles

The troubles at CBS are intensifying, as a protest by one of the US network's biggest shareholders coincided last week with a highly publicised shake-up on its flagship news programme and the unveiling of an autumn schedule which was widely seen as a panic attempt to win back defecting viewers.

Double-anchor act all at sea

Nothing of particular note was expected on the CBS news last night. But the show was guaranteed its best ratings in years: all because of a missing anchorwoman, Connie Chung.

Commentator's gay gaffe


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RUPERT MURDOCH is not a name you would expect to carry much weight among the popcorn-chomping crowds who fill American football stadiums, but mention it to a true aficionado of the game, and it will prompt a bout of tooth- sucking.

Small town boy makes good

When the world tunes in to the Oscars next week, they won't be greeted by Billy Crystal or Whoopie Goldberg, but by a goofy, gap-toothed, ordinary guy called Dave, better known in America as TV's King of the Night. Phil Reeves reports


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