Viacom CEO — Those Google guys are soooo cool

March 2, 2006

Tom_Freston_60pct.jpgHey, Google guys, youve got a fan! The MTV guy! Cool! 

Tom Freston, CEO of Viacom Inc. and a founder of the cable music video network back in the early 1980s  has seen his company become a touchstone of Whats HOT for young people around the globe, on Wednesday cheered the executives at Google. 

Despite his veteran status in the media industry, Freston, 60, is only in his third month as chief executive of a publicly traded company forcing to meet the demands of investors and not just cool kids. That makes the leaders of Google old-er hands (sort of) at the running-a-huge-company game.

 Asked if he had any further advice for Google, he countered:  

Im (a few) months into being CEO of a public company, and I keep thinking they should be giving ME some advice, Freston said at the Reuters Global Technology, Media and Telecoms Summit in New York on Wednesday. “They have a pretty good idea of what they are doing, and they seem to take a lot of shots and move pretty fast and it seems to be working for them. 

fries.jpgMaybe they should have checked with Freston on one thing, however.

Asked what he thought of the fact that Googles CFO on Tuesday warned of slowing growth only two days before an analysts’ meeting, driving the stock down 7 percent he said: I dont think thats something you are supposed to do. But remember, Im new at this. 

In Paris, Liberty Media CEO Mike Fries told Reuters: “Google seems to be coming back to Earth. I don’t know where the ground is there, but they’re coming back to Earth.”

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