CBS, Viacom agree to merge in all-stock deal

CBS Corp and Viacom Inc agreed to merge on Tuesday, creating a company with more than $28 billion in revenue, as an increasingly competitive media landscape prompted their controlling shareholder to reunify the US entertainment companies 13 years after breaking them up.

Each Viacom Class A voting share and Viacom Class B non-voting share will convert into 0.59625 of a Class A voting share and Class B non-voting share of CBS, respectively, the companies said.

The two companies are controlled by National Amusements Inc, the holding company owned by billionaire Sumner Redstone and his family.

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