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Why Viacom Will Never Be Great Again

If you've been noticing a little bit less of SpongeBob on Nickelodeon, Snooki on MTV, or Stephen Colbert on Comedy Central, it's by design: Viacom is squeezing more commercials into every hour of programming. That's the bad news. The worse news is that it's not working.

Is ESPN Charging a Tax on Every U.S. Household?

The next time you find yourself bellyaching over your expanding monthly cable bill, don't blame your provider. Blame ESPN, the biggest offender when it comes to basic cable, setting distributors back $4.69 a month for every subscriber.

SpongeBob's Big Problem: An Ocean of Streaming Video

The yellow fellow who lives in a pineapple under the sea -- and all his Nickelodeon pals -- are suddenly getting kicked in the SquarePants by the on-demand video revolution. Can Viacom adjust the new order of children's entertainment before Nick's ratings sink to the ocean floor?

What SpongeBob Has Absorbed About Money

Tom Kenny, the voice of SpongeBob SquarePants, wouldn't take money advice from the prattling poriferan. "He works 97 hours a week; he gets paid for 40," notes Kenny. The modern day Mel Blanc doesn't give himself much credit for his own personal finance smarts either -- but maybe he should.

Viacom Sued by 'Dora the Explorer' Actress

Viacom is being sued by 14-year-old Caitlin Sanchez, who provided the voice for the lead role on Dora the Explorer, the wildly popular children's show on Nickelodeon. Sanchez's lawyer says the company owes her millions.

Viacom Posts Robust Profit After Cost Cuts

Viacom demonstrated the power of cost-cutting Thursday when it reported fourth-quarter and year-end earnings. Despite a continuing swoon in ad revenues and disappointing video game sales, it posted a Q4 profit of $694 million, more than quadruple what it earned the year before.