Michael Eisner: I Haven't Considered Running Tribune
September 15, 2010 at 6:01 AM (PT)
MICHAEL EISNER downplayed the possibility of his taking the CEO reins at TRIBUNE CO. in separate interviews with CH HOLDINGS Talk KTRS-A/ST. LOUIS host MCGRAW MILHAVEN and CNBC TUESDAY (9/14).
The former DISNEY CEO, publicizing his book "Working Together," told CNBC's MARIA BARTIROMO that he had purchased debt in TRIBUNE and that he expects the company to emerge from chapter 11 "lean and mean" but claimed that he has not considered running the company and that the rumors of his taking the CEO post at TRIBUNE were the result of the media catching wind of his purchase of debt and putting "one and one together and getting minus one-and-a-half ... all the rumors, they're just speculation." He called TRIBUNE's buyout "doomed from day one." But asked whether he would want to run the company, EISNER laughed and said "I haven't thought about running it" and joked that CHICAGO is cold in the winter.
On MILHAVEN's show, EISNER said TRIBUNE is "a good company, a fantastic company with fantastic assets, but that doesn't mean I'm going to run it."