CBS and Time Warner Cable are still engaged in “very difficult negotiations” over how much TWC will pay CBS-owned stations per subscriber, CBS CEO Leslie Moonves told TV critics this morning at TCA Summer TV Press Tour 2013. Moonves came to the tour to fill in for CBS Entertainment chief Nina Tassler, who bowed out over the weekend owing to the death of a close friend. First question out of the gate was about the negotiations. “I really don’t want to negotiate in public,” said Moonves, appearing on a press tour stage for the first time since 2005 — ostensibly to talk about CBS’ programming plans for the coming TV season. He said conversations “are going on as recently as 15 minutes ago with me on the cell phone to New York…It’s a very difficult negotiation. We feel like we should be paid for our programming. I don’t want to get into it much today. The deadline is 5 PM ET today — I hope we don’t go dark.”
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