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After a rough 2018, CBS looking for a lift from Super Bowl LIII

Stephen Battaglio, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Business News

CBS Corp. has been battered in the past year as its longtime larger-than-life leader Leslie Moonves was removed following allegations of sexual harassment and assault.

But on Thursday the New York-based media company had something positive to focus on as it prepares for what is expected to be a $500 million revenue day on Feb. 3, when CBS airs Super Bowl LIII from Atlanta.

"We've been through a lot," said CBS Corp. acting chief executive Joseph Ianniello said at the network's media day for the National Football League's marquee event. "We feel like a family. We are looking forward."

CBS brought executives from all of its divisions along with its NFL play-by-play announcers Jim Nantz and Tony Romo to the network's studios on Manhattan's West Side where they detailed the company-wide effort on game day.

"It's the highest level of drama in the whole world," said Romo, the former Dallas Cowboys star who is calling the game for the first time.

Along with seven hours of pre-game coverage, Super Bowl LIII will also deliver its reliably massive audience lead into the premiere of a new reality competition show "The World's Best" and a special edition of the network's No. 1 late night show "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert."

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CBS' Washington-based public affairs program "Face The Nation" will air live from Atlanta and "CBS Sunday Morning" will have game-related stories.

At Thursday's event, newly installed CBS News President Susan Zirinsky made her first public appearance in her new role to talk about her division's involvement.

"For the entire week before the game CBS News will be sharing stories around the Super Bowl from Atlanta rolling out the red carpet, to the economic impact to the human stories about the athletes," she said. "No subject is off the table."

CBS News is also in talks with the White House about a game day interview with President Trump, which would be conducted by "Face The Nation" moderator Margaret Brennan.

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