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National Amusements Officially Asks CBS and Viacom to Consider Merging

The rumors floating around all year that CBS Corp. and Viacom might recombine 10 years after they split apart are no longer just rumors: National Amusements has sent a letter to both boards, asking them to consider a merger in what would be an all-stock deal. National Amusements, which owns 80 percent of the voting shares of both Viacom and CBS, also said it won't accept or support a third party acquiring either company, nor any deal under which it would not control the merged company.
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