January 25, 2011

Google’s Schmidt May Host CNN Show

Google's outgoing chief executive officer (CEO), Eric Schmidt, has been in talks with a CNN producer about possibly hosting a television show, according to a report by the New York Post on Monday.

Schmidt, 55, who is stepping down as CEO of Google in April, has been discussing business with Liza McGuirk, executive producer of CNN's "Parker Spitzer," about developing a show featuring himself as host, the Post said.

"Eric wants to be a talk-show host," the Post quoted an unnamed source as saying. "He's been working with Liza to develop a show, but he has not yet been picked up by any network."

Schmidt had filmed a pilot for CNN last August but the newspaper quoted a "CNN insider" as saying it was a "complete disaster."

Schmidt has been given a lot of credit for helping Google become the powerhouse that it is today, with annual revenue of around $30 billion.

But some of his public remarks, often uttered as quips, have caused issues in the past such as the time he said that Google's policy with product development is to "get right up to the creepy line but not cross it."

Or also when he joked that people could "just move" if they were unhappy with having pictures of their homes put online for Google's Street View mapping program.

Schmidt will remain with Google as executive chairman after being replaced by Larry Page, who will take over the CEO job after April 4.


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