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January 27, 1927

Parent Company

CBS Broadcasting, Inc.
CBS (corporate name CBS Broadcasting, Inc.) is an American commercial broadcast television network, which started as a radio network; it continues to operate a radio network and a portfolio of television and radio stations in large and mid-sized markets. The name is derived from the initials of the network's former name, Columbia Broadcasting System. It's the world's second largest major network.

The network has its origins in United Independent Broadcasters Inc., a collection of 16 radio stations that was bought by William S. Paley in 1928 and renamed the Columbia Broadcasting System. Under Paley's guidance, CBS would first become one of the largest radio networks in the United States and then one of the big three American broadcast television networks. In 1974, CBS dropped its full name and became known simply as CBS, Inc. The Westinghouse Electric Corporation acquired the network in 1995 and eventually adopted the name of the company it had bought to become CBS Corporation. In 2000, CBS came under the control of Viacom, which began as a spin-off of CBS in 1971. In late 2005, Viacom split itself and reestablished CBS Corporation with the CBS television network at its core. CBS Corporation is controlled by Sumner Redstone through National Amusements, its parent.


Primetime Animated Series

  • Creature Comforts (2007)
  • Family Dog (1993)
  • Fish Police (1992)
  • This is America, Charlie Brown (1988–90)

Saturday Morning Animated Series

CBS has aired various animated series aimed at kids, such as the original version of Scooby-Doo, Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, etc.

The programming block CBS Toontastic (later known as CBS Kidz) premiered on September 1992 with additional programs such as Beakman's World, The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, The Mask: The Animated Series, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Tales from the Cryptkeeper, among others.

In September 1997, CBS began contracting out to other companies to provide educational programming and material for their Saturday morning schedule (per the Federal Communications Commission's new rules on children's programming), The first of these special blocks was Think CBS Kids (the tagline was the same as the branding)

The block was relaunched again in 1998 as CBS Kidshow, and featured programming from Canada's Nelvana studio. The block aired from 1997 to 2000, with shows such as Anatole, Mythic Warriors, Rescue Heroes and Flying Rhino Junior High. Its tagline was, "The CBS Kids Show: Get in the Act." In 2000, CBS's deal with Nelvana ended and the CBS Kidshow block was replaced on September 16 of that year by Nick Jr. on CBS through a programming deal with Nickelodeon (which at the time, had been recently acquired by Viacom).

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