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Sumner Redstone isn't heard from during Viacom earnings call
Sumner Redstone isn't heard from during Viacom earnings call

Billionaire Sumner Redstone, in declining health, did not participate in Viacom Inc.'s earnings call with Wall Street analysts on Thursday. Viacom's quarterly conference calls for years have typically opened with Redstone giving a brief but upbeat assessment of business results -- even when the company missed its mark. Viacom owns Comedy Central, MTV, BET, Nickelodeon and Paramount Pictures in Los Angeles. Redstone also would routinely lavish praise on Viacom's chief executive, Philippe Dauman, predictably calling him "my wise friend." On Thursday, however, Viacom's head of investor relations, James Bombassei, launched the call, saying: "Good...

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