Does CBS TV president Leslie Moonves have long-term political ambitions? The buzz in Hollywood and Washington is that Moonves has aspirations to be ambassador to Spain someday after he finishes his task of rebuilding the Tiffany network. Colleagues of Moonves have heard him joke about such a post, but no one’s sure whether he’s serious. Moonves did spend a semester in Spain as a student, and his recent cultivation of Washington ties hasn’t gone unnoticed. Witness Mooves’ decision to serve as chairman of the Gore commission on TV’s public-interest responsibilities. Some broadcast lobbyists in Washington are a bit miffed that Moonves is consorting with the pols on an initiative that may lead to new industry regs.
If Moonves does want a job abroad, he may be hedging his bets on who will next occupy the White House: Public documents show that the CBS exec has contributed to both political parties.