Viacom (1971–2005)

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Viacom Inc.
Former type Public
Industry Broadcasting and Publishing
Fate Assets divided between CBS & new Viacom
Successor(s) CBS Corporation
Viacom (Spin off)
When it was created May 3, 1971
Defunct December 31, 2005
Headquarters New York City, New York, U.S.
Area served Nationwide
Owner(s) Columbia Broadcasting System (1971-1973)
independent (1973-1986)
National Amusements (1986-2005)
Employees 38,350 (2006)
Divisions CBS
CBS Radio

Viacom (short for Visual & Audio Communications) was a media company was founded in New York City in 1971, and existed until 2005 when the company changed its name to CBS Corporation. Viacom produced television programs and television networks, including CBS, UPN, MTV, CMT, MTV2, MTV en Espanol, Nickelodeon, Noggin, Nicktoons TV (later renamed Nicktoons in 2003), The N, Nickelodeon Games and Sports for Kids, and others. It was originally owned by Columbia Broadcasting System until 1973 it became the independent owner. In 1986, it was sold to National Amusements. In March 2005, Viacom announced that it would be splitting into two companies. On December 31, 2005, Viacom split into two companies. The existing Viacom was renamed CBS Corporation, and a new company named Viacom was created.