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Cablevision Sues Viacom Over Fees For Low-Rated Networks

Cablevision has accused Viacom in an antitrust lawsuit of forcing it to pay for more than a dozen low-rated cable networks in order to get access to Viacom's more popular channels such as Nickelodeon, MTV and Comedy Central, the latest flare up between distributors and program makers.

10 Brands Losing the Most Value

While some of the biggest brands have grown their values by more than 20% since last year's report by Interbrand, others have fallen precipitously. Here are the brands that lost the most value over the past year.

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 YouTube the New Radio?

Teens aren't consuming music the way that their parents do -- and it's not just the usual taste-related generation gap. An eye-opening Nielsen survey shows that teens are relying on YouTube to supply their tunes more than any other medium.

10 Surprising Brands That We're Starting to Love Again

Popularity can be fickle: One day America loves your brand; the next, you're passe. But every year brings some surprising rebounds, and you won't believe some of the companies that made 2012's list for most improved images in the eyes of U.S. consumers.

A&F Asks 'The Situation' to Stop Wearing Its Gear

Abercrombie & Fitch has offered to pay Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino, a cast member on MTV's "Jersey Shore," money to stop wearing its clothes. But does the brand really hate Sorrentino, or is the move simply a way to score a free affiliation with the star?

How Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt Went Broke

In piecing through the bits and pieces revealed in the reality stars' we-are-broke-and-we-were-stupid confessionals, The Price of Fame set out to quantify their fiscal waste. The couple has reportedly burned through at least $10 million. And here's how they did it.

Rutgers U.: Where You Pay Extra to Learn from Snooki

College tuition is already absurdly high even before you start adding on the extra fees. But with students graduating deeper in debt every year, it could be time to draw the line. Let's start with the mandatory fee at Rutgers for the fund that paid $32,000 to bring Snooki to campus.

MTV's Racy Skins Is Just a Symptom of Teen Troubles

MTV's controversial new teen drama Skins won't set any of its young viewers on the road to ruin, and it isn't pornographic. It is in bad taste, and MTV must have known would offend some audiences. Still, with 3.26 million viewers for its debut, Viacom is getting exactly what it wanted from the show -- publicity and viewers.

Viacom's MTV Has Record Ratings Jump for Younger Audience

MTV's third-quarter ratings had its largest-ever year-over-year jump for its target 12-to-34-year-old audience, reflecting strong ratings from the Viacom Inc. unit for shows such as "Jersey Shore" and "The 2010 MTV Video Music Awards."

Sumner Redstone on Warpath Over Girl Band and The Daily Beast

Sumner Redstone, the billionaire chairman of Viacom and CBS, is on the warpath over a story in The Daily Beast. The story, written by Peter Lauria, said that Redstone, 87, was forcing MTV to take a documentary about girl band the Electric Barbarellas seeking a record deal. The story cited anonymous sources as saying that Redstone was smitten with the band, and was insisting that MTV take the "unwatchable" documentary.

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.