CBS Corporation Program Practices Editor in Los Angeles, California

Program Practices Editor

REF#: 28537

CBS BUSINESS UNIT: CBS Television Network

JOB TYPE: Full-Time Staff




CBS was established in 1928, when founder William Paley purchased 16 independent radio stations and christened them the Columbia Broadcast System. Today, with more than 200 television stations and affiliates reaching virtually every home in the United States, CBS's total network lineup was watched by more than 130 million people a week during the 2012/2013 season. The Network has the #1 drama/scripted program, NCIS; #1 sitcom, THE BIG BANG THEORY; #1 newsmagazine, 60 MINUTES; and #1 daytime drama, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS. Its programming arms include CBS Entertainment, CBS News and CBS Sports.


Examines and approves material for broadcast on the CBS Network; evaluates scripted and previously recorded material in light of the CBS Program Standards, corporate practices and policy as it applies to all dayparts. Implements policies regarding acceptability of program content with emphasis on series, developments, children’s programs, and game shows.

. Reviews and evaluates dailies and rough-cuts; promotional material, etc.

. When required, supervises live broadcasts and performs network obscenity delay function.

. Where appropriate, researches, verifies and authenticates material purporting to be based on fact.

. Reports to and consults with management concerning questionable program elements.

. Works with writers, producers and directors on-site at studios, via email and phone communications to negotiate compliance with network standards. Frequent travel between office and studio locations.

. Communicates as appropriate with CBS Entertainment and Television Network personnel, including CED executives, CBS Law Department, Sales, Affiliate Relations, Media Relations, Promotion and Operations.

. Where appropriate, consults with CBS Law concerning legal issue raised by program material, including indecency, trade libel and FCC regulations governing broadcast acceptability.



. Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

. Ability to work under pressure, meet deadlines and facilitate clearance of on-air product.

. Skill at persuasion and negotiation, tact and diplomacy.

. Knowledge of film and television productions practices and techniques.

. Production, research and program/script development and literacy preferred.

. Extreme flexibility regarding hour and weekend work requirements.

. Proficiency in PC use, MS Word, Outlook, Excel


Bachelor’s degree or equivalent; Liberal Arts, Film, Theater or Communications degrees preferred.


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