VIACOM INC. & SUBSIDIARIES GLOBAL TAX POLICY STATEMENT FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2018

This policy describes Viacom Inc.’s approach to arranging the company’s tax affairs and applies to Viacom and all of its subsidiaries. By making this policy publicly available, we regard this policy as compliant with the UK tax strategy publication requirement under paragraph 16(2) and/or paragraph 22(2), Schedule to the Finance Act, for the financial year ending September 30, 2018.

Our Businesses
Viacom is a global entertainment content company. Viacom’s media networks, including Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, MTV, VH1, Spike, BET, CMT, TV Land, Nick at Nite, Nick Jr., Logo, Nicktoons, TeenNick, Channel 5 (UK), Telefe (Argentina) and Paramount Channel, reach over 4.4 billion cumulative television subscribers worldwide. Paramount Pictures is a major global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment. Paramount Television develops, finances and produces programming for television and other platforms. Viacom currently employs well over 10,400 employees worldwide.

Our Commitment to Compliance
We comply with tax laws and practices in all of the territories in which we operate, which means that we adhere to all of the rules that are relevant with respect to determining the bases for our worldwide tax liabilities, the timing for our tax payments and disclosing all relevant facts and circumstances to applicable tax authorities. We seek to develop open working relationships with tax authorities worldwide based on transparency and trust, while seeking consensus and avoiding conflict. We make any required disclosures to tax authorities promptly and take a proactive approach to resolving any tax disputes with tax authorities. Viacom, on a continual basis, makes substantial investments in human capital and technology to ensure adequate controls over its tax compliance processes are in place.

Our Responsible Approach to Structuring Our Operations
In addition to other relevant factors and circumstances, we will consider the impact of taxation in structuring our commercial activities with a view to maximizing value for our shareholders on a sustainable basis, claiming credits, reliefs and incentives where available and in conformity with relevant laws, as well as taking the necessary steps to reduce the risk of double taxation. Our tax liabilities reflect and conform to the commercial and economic substance of our business structures. As a result, the geographical distribution of Viacom’s international tax liabilities conforms to the distribution of the profitability of its international business operations.
Our Responsible Approach to Tax Risk & Engagement with Tax Authorities
Given the scale and diversity of Viacom’s global operations and the complexities of international tax laws, risks inevitably arise in the interpretation of international tax law in regard of specific transactions and business operations. Viacom’s Tax Department proactively seeks to identify, evaluate and manage these risks to ensure they remain in line with Viacom’s overriding risk management policies. Where the exposures resulting from the uncertainties are deemed significant, Viacom will seek external expert advice and, where possible, eliminate or reduce the exposure through transparent dialogue and communication with the tax authorities.
Viacom provides training to relevant staff to ensure that risk assessment processes are adhered to. In addition, staff is instructed to raise concerns regarding tax risk assessment mechanisms in general or in application to specific transactions.
Viacom engages in and seeks dialogue with tax authorities in all of the countries where it conducts major business operations on a continual basis.

Our Code of Conduct & Oversight
Our global tax policies as described herein are approved, owned and overseen by our Chief Financial Officer, and are aligned with our Global Business Practices Statement, which is periodically reviewed and approved by the Audit Committee of Viacom’s Board of Directors. Any extensive restructurings and/or significant changes in tax liabilities are reviewed by our Chief Financial Officer.
Viacom adheres to, and operates in accordance with, the changes in the way international transactions are taxed as a result of the OECD’s BEPS program and Action plans.

Sonya’s story

If you have been affected by, or would like to know more about any of the issues raised in Neighbours, please find the necessary help sites below.

If you have been affected by Sonya’s storyline, Target Ovarian Cancer can provide useful information and support on their website, alternatively, please call the Target Ovarian Cancer Support Line on 020 7923 5475 .

Target Ovarian Cancer is a national ovarian cancer charity working to save lives and help women diagnosed live their lives to the full, wherever they live, in the UK.

The Bachelor UK

The Bachelor UK is back and promises to include more drama and romance than ever before. Over ten episodes, this captivating brand new series will see seventeen single ladies competing for the affection of Alex Marks, who is ready to fall in love with his perfect partner. Each episode sees the Bachelor get to know each girl through a series of romantic, glamorous and exhilarating dates, all leading to the ‘rose ceremony’, the climax of each episode in which he must eliminate those he feels he has no future with, until only one girl is left standing.

Alex runs a personal training business and seemingly has it all. But he longs to find that special someone to share his life with. Guiding the audience and Alex on his journey to true love is TV presenter and heartthrob Mark Wright, who serves both as host, friend and confidant to bachelor Alex. Filmed in breath-taking locations in South Africa, Antigua and the UK, love is guaranteed to blossom as Alex and the girls grow closer.

The path to true love is never easy so brace yourselves for surprises, shocks and twists and turns on this emotional rollercoaster sand for some on this journey, its ‘Love Worth Fighting For’.

 

 

 

 

WISHING TREES

‘Wishing Trees’ is a new initiative blossoming throughout UK care homes. The incentive encourages elderly residents to make wishes and leave those wishes on the home’s ‘Wishing Tree’.

Ruth and Eamonn met 96-year-old Violet Mitchel who lives in a care home in Banbury and whose wish was to see Spitfire plane. As a teenager during the war, Violet worked in a factory that built and repaired parts for Spitfires. For many women, helping with the war effort meant they had more freedom, experienced new challenges, and had more independence than they’d never dreamed of. Violet remembers the time fondly, despite the fact that the work was hard, as she was also courting a young man called Frederic who would later become her husband.

Do The Right Thing took Violet to the RAF Museum in Hendon, London where Eamonn and Ruth reunite her with a Spitfire plane, bringing back fond memories of her late teenage years.

Jon Sneath, of Care UK says, ‘Once a wish has been fulfilled, suddenly there’s a renewed sense of possibility, residents become more hopeful and optimistic.’

Find out more about Care UK’s Wishing Tree Initiative: http://www.careuk.com/care-homes/wishing-trees

If you would like to organise a day out for an elderly individual, or someone with dementia, Care UK’s downloadable Good to Go Guide provides helpful advice and information: http://www.careuk.com/care-homes/good-to-go/guide

YODEL

Yodel is one of the largest delivery companies in the UK, delivering 155 million parcels every year for retailers and businesses across the country. However, they have been the subject of complaints, as customers often feel that their parcels have been mishandled. It seems parcels delivered when no one is in are left in places which Yodel deem to be “safe” but which customers do not.

Ruth highlighted David Hopper’s story. David lives in Sunderland and was informed by the suppliers of his broadband media router that they needed a signature on delivery of his parcel. So how surprised was David when he learnt the next day his parcel had been delivered to his house and left in his “safe place.” On his return home, he found a postage slip from Yodel saying his parcel had been left “in blue bin.” Fortunately, the parcel was there when he got home but David does not think his blue recycling council bin outside his house is a safe location to leave a piece of equipment worth hundreds of pounds.

Eamonn took up the case of Oliver Brown’s protein supplements delivered last October to his parents’ house in Nuneaton. According to the postage slip he received, his parcel had been left in a “safe place”. However, Oliver’s sizeable package was clearly visible under the doormat of his parents’ front doorstep.

Ruth shared Sara Hampson’s story. She was expecting a parcel delivery and specified she’d like it left in a “safe place” should no one answer the door. CCTV footage revealed that her delivery driver rang the doorbell of her home, looked around for places to leave her package and then threw the package up the driveway to her house.

Do The Right Thing contacted Yodel for a statement regarding their customer service and what they deem a safe place for parcels to be kept if we are out when the delivery is made:

“The safe and timely delivery of parcels is our priority and we apologise to any customers we have let down.

“We encourage retailers to ask customers, when they place their order, where they would like their parcels left if they are out. Where we do not receive specific instructions, our drivers use our guidelines. We regret that in these cases those guidelines were not followed and would like to apologise again and confirm that appropriate action has been taken.

“We have developed new services in response to consumer feedback, which are designed to enable customers to receive their deliveries where and when they want them. For example, customers can now change the delivery date, redirect their parcel or tell us where they would like it to be left, after their order has been shipped and up to an hour before it is due to arrive. Our satisfaction rates are increasing and we continue to encourage feedback as we strive to get every delivery right for every customer.”

If you are concerned about your courier service, contact: https://www.retailadr.org.uk/delivery-couriers/

If you’d like to find out more about your own delivery rights, visit:

https://www.which.co.uk/consumer-rights/l/delivery-rights

If you’d like to look further into an issue regarding a courier service, visit: https://consumerarbitration.co.uk/courier-complaints-how-to-complain-about-a-delivery-courier/

THE REVEALING WEDDING DRESS TREND

The ‘barely there’ bridal gown is expected to be one of the biggest trends of 2019, as more and more women are opting to walk down in the aisle in the most daring looks yet. The dresses are set to be a popular look as retailers with varying budgets produce their versions of this new wedding day look.

Ruth and Eamonn hosted Do The Right Thing’s ‘Barely There Wedding Fayre’, showcasing the High Street’s take on this new trend. Celebrity Lizzie Cundy joined the line-up wearing a stunning sheer lace little number. Not wanting to overlook the groom; our male model, Jed, made an appearance sporting shorts and a collar & cuffs, demonstrating how it’s not just brides who have the option of stripping down for their big day.

SARAH’S STORY

Ruth and Eamonn meet the Emmott family and their extraordinary 5-year-old daughter Sarah, who is battling a severe genetic kidney disease and has suffered illnesses most people have never heard. She has gone through immense pain from birth and spent a considerable amount of her short life within the walls of Leeds General Infirmary, where she is well known and loved.

Earlier this week our undercover millionaire Terry spent the day with the family, along with television presenter Jenny Powell. Terry surprised the family with an all expenses paid trip to Orlando, Florida, worth £5,000.

The Emmott family and Jenny Powell reunited in the studio to talk about their day spent with Terry. Eamonn and Ruth then surprised the family with their favourite Leeds United Football Player, Kalvin Phillips, who came armed with tickets for a VIP match day visit to club for the entire family.

If you’d like to find out more about organ donation and transplantation, please visit: https://www.organdonation.nhs.uk/faq/organ-donation-and-transplantation/

ONLINE BULLYING: WEEK 5 (CYBERBULLYING & SEN/DISABILITIES)

Esther continues her online bullying campaign this week highlighting the issue of those with special educational needs. Again, this is often an extension of face-to-face bullying and particularly hurtful when it moves into the online world. According to The-Anti-Bullying Alliance “disabled children and those with special educational needs (SEN) are more likely to experience cyberbullying and less likely to be given support in how to use the internet safely.”

According to Nick Ball, Deputy Chief Executive of Skills For People, 80% of people with learning disabilities are bullied mentally, physically, or sexually. He even knows of one individual who was murdered by people who pretended to be his friends, abused him financially, and beat him to death.

Esther spoke with Amy Clarke in the studio. Amy is a Digital Assistant for Mencap and has a learning disability herself. Amy recalled how she had joined an online discussion group and made a comment about a TV show and someone called her the ‘R word’, leaving Amy shocked and upset. Amy left the group and reported what had happened. Sadly, the site did very little and Amy received hardly any feedback from them. Amy believes it should be a criminal offence to be abusive towards those with SEN or physical disabilities, and should be banned in the same way racism or religious hate is.

National projects and websites which could help:

  • Skills For People are based in the North East of England. They promote and protect the rights of disabled people and their families across the UK. For more information visit their website on: http://skillsforpeople.org.uk/
  • Contact A Family offer specific advice about bullying and special needs. You can contact them on https://contact.org.uk/ or by telephone on 0808 808 3555
  • Mencap has useful advice and support on bullying and disability. To find out more head to https://www.mencap.org.uk/ or give them a call on 0808 808 1111
  • National Autistic Society offer advice on bullying and special educational needs you can find out more on their website: https://www.autism.org.uk/ or telephone 0808 800 4104.

Other organisations have useful suggestions and advice for all children and parents including information about positive action schools can take:

How to get support

If you’ve been affected by any of the issues in Stalked: Murder In Slow Motion, please contact one of the below websites for help and guidance.

The National Stalking Helpline

https://www.suzylamplugh.org/Pages/Category/national-stalking-helpline

The National Stalking Helpline is run by Suzy Lamplugh Trust. Call the helpline on 0808 802 0300

They can help you by giving you information and guidance on topics including:

  • The law in relation to stalking and harassment in the United Kingdom
  • Reporting stalking or harassment
  • Effective gathering of evidence
  • Ensuring your personal safety and that of your friends and family
  • Practical steps to reduce the risk

Network for Surviving Stalking

https://www.scaredofsomeone.org/

They offer advice and information to people affected by stalking; enabling early recognition and the opportunity to seek help. Network for Surviving Stalking, alongside Protection Against Stalking and Suzy Lamplugh Trust, was a founding partner of the National Stalking Helpline in 2010.

Paladin National Stalking Advocacy Service

https://paladinservice.co.uk/

Paladin is a trauma-informed service established to assist high risk victims of stalking in England and Wales.

For more information about the work done by the charities featured in the programmes please follow the links below;

Protection Against Stalking

http://www.protectionagainststalking.org/

The vision of Protection Against Stalking is to change society’s perception of stalking, to improve the safety for all victims of stalking and harassment and for perpetrators to be held to account by the Criminal Justice System.

The Molly McLaren Foundation

http://themollymclarenfoundation.co.uk/

The Molly McLaren Foundation has been created by the family and friends of Molly McLaren, with the objective of funding established charities who educate, raise awareness and provide support, for people affected by eating disorders.


The Hollie Gazzard Trust

https://holliegazzard.org/

The trust helps reduce domestic violence through creating and delivering programmes on domestic abuse and promoting healthy relationships to schools and colleges. In addition, it funds hairdressing training for young people who may not otherwise have the funds to study – Hollie was passionate about hairdressing and HGT enables others to follow their dream.

Hollie Guard

www.hollieguard.com/

The trust has also developed Hollie Guard which turns your smartphone into a personal safety device. In danger? Shake your phone or tap the screen to generate an alert. Your location and audio/video evidence will automatically be sent to your emergency contacts who can take action to help you quickly.

Reporting a stalker

https://www.gov.uk/report-stalker

Scared of Someone (Network for Surviving Stalking)

scaredofsomeone.org

NHS Choices – Help after rape and sexual assault

victimsupport.org.uk

Rape Crisis
Helpline: 0808 802 9999 (12-2:30 and 7-9:30)
rapecrisis.org.uk

Victim Support
Supportline: 0808 168 9111

RASAC (Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre)
National Helpline: 0808 802 9999 (12-2.30 & 7-9.30)
rasasc.org.uk

The Rape and Abuse Line (RAL)
rapeandabuseline.co.uk
Helpline: 0808 800 0123

The Survivors Trust
thesurvivorstrust.org

Survivors UK – Male Rape and Sexual Abuse Support
survivorsuk.org

MPower – Support for Male Survivors of Abuse
Helpline: 0808 808 4321
male-rape.org.uk

MISCARRIAGE

The Miscarriage Association
miscarriageassociation.org.uk
The Miscarriage Association offers support to people who have lost a baby. They have a helpline (01924 200 799, Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm) and an email address (info@miscarriageassociation.org.uk), and can put you in touch with a support volunteer.

Cruse Bereavement Care
Helpline: 0808 808 1677
cruse.org.uk

Cruse Bereavement Care helps people understand their grief and cope with their loss.

Face-to-face and group support is delivered by trained bereavement volunteers across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

ABORTION

Marie Stopes UK
mariestopes.org.uk
Making a decision to terminate a pregnancy can be very difficult and complex. Marie Stopes United Kingdom offers counselling to all its clients, whether their treatment is on the NHS or private. Marie Stopes offers counselling before, during and after treatment – for as many sessions as you need.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

National Domestic Violence Helpline
Helpline: 0808 2000 247
nationaldomesticviolencehelpline.org.uk
The Freephone 24 Hour National Domestic Violence Helpline, run in partnership between Women’s Aid and Refuge, is a national service for women experiencing domestic violence, their family, friends, colleagues and others calling on their behalf.

Men’s Advice Line
mensadviceline.org.uk
Telephone: 0808 801 0327
Email: info@mensadviceline.org.uk
Men’s Advice Line is a confidential helpline for any man experiencing domestic violence and abuse from a partner or ex-partner.

Mankind
mankind.org.uk
Telephone: 01823 334244
Mankind operates a confidential helpline for all men across the UK suffering from domestic violence or domestic abuse by their current or former wife or partner (including same-sex partner).

Broken Rainbow
brokenrainbow.org.uk
Broken Rainbow provides support to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people experiencing domestic violence.

Respect
Anyone who needs confidential help with their own abusive behaviour can contact Respect on their free helpline on 0808 802 4040.

 

FINANCIAL ISSUES

Bankruptcy – Citizens Advice
https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/debt-and-money/debt-solutions/bankruptcy-2/

Debt problems – Citizen Advice
https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/debt-and-money/help-with-debt/

 

BULLYING

Bullying
Ditch the Label

https://www.ditchthelabel.org/

Kidscape
https://www.kidscape.org.uk/

Bullies Out
https://bulliesout.com/

Bullying UK
http://www.bullying.co.uk/

Cyber Bullying
http://www.bullying.co.uk/cyberbullying/