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Viacom Reports Lower Q3 Earnings

Viacom reported lower third-quarter earnings as programming costs reduced profits at its cable networks.

Net income fell 5% to $610 million, or $1.40 a share, from $643 million, or 1.31 a share. Revenue fell 7% to $3.42 billion

"It was a solid quarter for Viacom. We delivered nearly $1 billion to shareholders through buybacks and dividends and continued to build on our success in creating outstanding content and focused brands that connect deeply with audiences across all platforms,” CEO Philippe Dauman (pictured) said. “Our Media Networks distribution relationships continue to expand, providing broader opportunities for fans to enjoy Viacom's content. Successful series and high-profile event programming on our networks create powerful experiences for audiences and valuable opportunities for advertisers, while driving industry-leading social engagement.”

At Viacom’s media network group, which includes MTV, Nickelodeon and Comedy Central, operating income fell3% to $1.1 billion as program expenses rose.

Revenue was up 1% to $2.6 billion. Ad revenue was up 1% domestically and 2% worldwide. Affiliate revenue were flat because of larger year-ago payments from Netflix.