Leslie Moonves speaking in Hollywood earlier this year. Photo: Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images

Shari Redstone, vice-chairwoman of National Amusements, the holding company for CBS and Viacom, is contemplating firing CBS chief Leslie Moonves, should merger talks between the two networks fail, CNBC reports.

Why it matters: Moonves was reportedly disinterested in a deal prior to the latest round of merger talks. The Wrap reported a few weeks ago that Moonves had become more interested. The news Tuesday shows that Redstone is willing to remove any executives that stand in the way of recombining the two companies.

Further drama: Aside from valuation, the other big drama facing this merger is who would lead the combined company. Viacom was vying to have chief Bob Bakish take the number two spot to Moonves, but removing Moonves would mean leadership talks would get even messier.

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Goldman Sachs has agreed with the Department of Justice to pay over $2 billion for the bank's role in Malaysia's multi-billion dollar scandal at state fund 1MDB, Bloomberg first reported.

Why it matters: The settlement, expected to be announced within days, would allow Goldman Sachs to avoid a criminal conviction in the U.S. over the bribery and money laundering scandal that saw three of its former bankers banned for life from the banking industry by the Federal Reserve Board.

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President Trump tweeted on Tuesday that he was considering posting his interview with CBS' "60 Minutes" prior to airtime in order to show "what a FAKE and BIASED interview" it was, following reports that he abruptly ended the interview after 45 minutes of taping.

Why it matters: Trump has escalated his war on the media in the final stretch of his re-election campaign, calling a Reuters reporter a "criminal" this week for not reporting on corruption allegations about Hunter Biden and disparaging CNN as "dumb b*stards" for the network's ongoing coronavirus coverage.

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