Eat the Rich (Media Executives)


| 5/4/2010 3:02:23 PM


Tags: Jeff Severns Guntzel, media, executive pay, wealth, mainstream media, New York Times,

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Cuts at your favorite media organizations? Take comfort in the probability that the executives in charge are doing just fine.

From a New York Times story:

Top executives at the country’s largest media companies continued to reel in multimillion-dollar pay packages in 2009, a year of widespread cost-cutting throughout the industry. In several cases, the packages even increased from the year before.

At the top of the list is Leslie Moonves, chief executive of the CBS Corporation, whose pay package in 2009 totaled almost $43 million, more than twice what he made in 2008, according to an analysis by Equilar, an executive compensation research firm.

Not far behind was Viacom’s chief executive, Philippe P. Dauman, who was paid nearly $34 million, a 22 percent increase over 2008. Sumner M. Redstone, who controls CBS and Viacom, was paid more than $33 million from the two companies combined.