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CBS's Hunt for Moonves Successor Enters Final Phase

  • Hasbro CEO, CBS’s interim chief and ex-Disney exec in the mix
  • Potential merger with Viacom may influence outside candidates
Les Moonves and Joe Ianniello in Sun Valley, Idaho on July 8, 2015.
Les Moonves and Joe Ianniello in Sun Valley, Idaho on July 8, 2015.Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

CBS Corp. is nearing the end of its search for a new chief executive officer.

The owner of the most-watched TV network in the U.S. has narrowed the potential candidates to a handful of executives and aims to make a decision by the end of March, according to people familiar with the plans. They include Hasbro Inc. CEO Brian Goldner and interim CBS CEO Joe Ianniello, said the people, who asked not to be identified discussing private deliberations.