CBS Takes Switchboard Stake
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CBS will also receive warrants entitling it to take an additional 5 percent stake and the broadcast network has committed $135 million in promotion and branding across all its television, radio and outdoor properties. The site will also be renamed CBS Switchboard.
Switchboard allows users to search for the phone numbers and addresses of businesses and individuals across the United Sates and to obtain customized maps and driving directions.
Mel Karmazin, CBS Corp. president and chief executive officer, said CBS's assets in promotion, branding and advertising sales give it a unique advantage as it increases its focus on the Internet.
Banyan Systems Chairman and Chief Executive Bill Ferry said CBS's cross-media sales forces will help the company increase its focus on the growing e-commerce market.
The deal marks CBS's third large Internet investment. The company already owns 38 percent of SportsLine USA Inc. and 20 percent of MarketWatch.com Inc. -- both of which had successful initial public offerings over the past year.