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Scoop: Les Moonves demanded control of CBS/Viacom in 2016

CBS President Les Moonves
Leslie Moonves, chief executive officer of CBS Corporation. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

CBS Chairman and CEO Leslie Moonves asked in 2016 to remain Chairman of the Board of a combined CBS/Viacom and for his CBS management team to "have complete and irrevocable authority to manage the combined businesses,” according to a new book excerpt first obtained by Axios.

Why it matters: While the letter points to negotiations from previous merger talks between CBS and Viacom, sources say that the overall theme of the nine conditions listed by Moonves — centered around management and control — could have a common link with Moonves' feelings today that having his team oversee the combined company would be crucial for a successful merger.