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Perez Hilton joins CBS, as Radio.com staff laid off

By | Published on Friday 17 July 2015

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CBS Radio in the US has announced that it is partnering with Perez Hilton on a number of projects. Because what the world definitely needs is more of that guy.

Perez’s existing ‘Radio Perez’ daily celeb news update will be syndicated across 20 CBS radio stations, and the company will also distribute a new podcast – titled ‘The PHP: Perez Hilton Podcast’ (because no one involved understands how abbreviations work) – through it’s Play.it platform. That’ll come out every Thursday. Though why listen to that on a Thursday when you can just wait until Friday for a new episode of the CMU Podcast?

Says Hilton: “Excited does not begin to describe my overflowing enthusiasm for my new partnership with CBS Radio. FUN is a great way to describe ‘The PHP: Perez Hilton Podcast’ on Play.it. I put a lot of thought into my co-host and I could not have chosen anyone better than Chris Booker. He and I have electric chemistry, and I can guarantee listeners will agree as we chat everything pop culture and dig deep into the trending topics of the week”.

CBS EVP Programming Chris Oliviero adds: “Our relationship with Perez is a terrific example of our audiences’ passion for unique and engaging content suited for their on-demand lifestyle, as well as their desire for compelling entertainment news heard live on their favourite FM music stations. This combined platform of Play.it and major market radio stations will provide Perez with another outstanding opportunity to stay connected to his loyal fans”.

Well done everyone. In other CBS news, the company apparently made “almost the entire editorial staff” of its station-supporting and music-news-carrying website Radio.com redundant this week.

In a post on Tumblr, the website’s now ex-editor Jeremy Larson said: “I asked why they were letting us all go, and was told that they were switching from ‘original content to aggregated content’. So, well, good luck with all that”.

But, as Radio.com is also a sub-division of CBS Radio, at least all those former staff can rest assured that some of what used to be their salaries is now going to Perez Hilton.



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