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CBS, Howard Stern have settled dispute

Network had sued radio shock jock for breach of contract
/ Source: The Associated Press

Lawyers on both sides of the CBS Corp. and Howard Stern breach of contract lawsuit said Wednesday they have settled.

A clerk in the courtroom of Judicial Hearing Officer Ira Gammerman said lawyers for the parties called around 3:15 p.m. to announce that they had an agreement. The clerk said that as far as she knew they did not divulge details.

CBS sued Stern in February, claiming that its former star radio shock jock breached his contract with the broadcast giant when he moved to Sirius Satellite Radio Inc.

The lawsuit, which also named Sirius, said Stern improperly used CBS radio’s air time to promote his new satellite show, which began in January. CBS also said Stern made plans with Sirius without disclosing them to CBS as his contract required.

A woman in the office of Stern’s lawyer, Peter Parcher, confirmed that the sides had agreed to a settlement, but she said the agreement had not been signed yet. She said Parcher was not available to comment.

CBS lawyer Irving Nathan did not immediately return a call for comment.

Stern moved his popular and bawdy morning show to satellite radio in a five-year, $500 million deal after years of railing against decency restrictions imposed on regular radio by the Federal Communications Commission.