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Senior Counsel, Legal Affairs, CBS News


New York, NY, US, 10019

New York

CBS News is the news and information division of CBS, dedicated to providing the highest quality journalism under standards it pioneered and continues to set in today’s digital age. Headquartered in the famed CBS Broadcast Center in New York, CBS News has bureaus across the globe and produces influential, critically acclaimed programs providing original reporting, interviews, investigations, analysis and breaking news 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
CBS News provides news and information for the CBS Television Network, CBSN, CBSNews.com, CBS News Radio and CBS Mobile. CBS News is home to the nation’s #1 news program, “60 MINUTES,” “CBSN,” the 24/7 digital streaming news network, and the award-winning broadcasts “CBS THIS MORNING,” co-hosted by Gayle King, Anthony Mason and Tony Dokoupil, the “CBS EVENING NEWS WITH NORAH O’DONNELL,” “CBS SUNDAY MORNING, “48 HOURS,” “CBS THIS MORNING: SATURDAY,” and “FACE THE NATION.”



We are seeking a Senior Counsel with a working knowledge of, and great interest in, news and media law, transactions and digital distribution. The news review and transactions group is a fast paced environment requiring experience, quick and creative thinking, swift and sound risk assessment and fine judgment. The Senior Counsel will work with an experienced team of collegial and dedicated lawyers and will advise an array of journalists at the top of their craft as they produce daily, weekly and special news programming for all platforms. The Senior Counsel will advise on all aspects of newsgathering, content review and post-publication matters, and will be responsible for contract drafting and review.

Basic Qualifications

  • JD degree with excellent academic credentials
  • At least 5 years’ experience in news review and media law and/or litigation; some contract drafting and review, in areas such as digital distribution (including streaming), technology and content licensing, production and services agreements; experience with IP issues

Additional Qualifications

  • Admission to the New York Bar preferred
  • Passion for news and keeping public informed
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills 
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent negotiation skills 
  • Flexibility and willingness to work on a broad variety of legal matters
  • Ability to efficiently and effectively handle multiple projects with minimal day-to-day oversight/direction 
  • Ability to work and thrive in a fast-paced environment and to perform well in a deadline driven environment while performing multiple tasks for a diverse and hardworking client base


ViacomCBS is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) including disability/vet.
At ViacomCBS, the spirit of inclusion feeds into everything that we do, on-screen and off. From the programming and movies we create to employee benefits/programs and social impact outreach initiatives, we believe that opportunity, access, resources and rewards should be available to and for the benefit of all. Viacom is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, creed, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship status, marital status, disability, gender identity, gender expression, and Veteran status.

Nearest Major Market: Manhattan
Nearest Secondary Market: New York City