ST. LOUIS (AP) — Former Disney CEO Michael Eisner is downplaying
reports he is being considered to head up Tribune Co. after it exits bankruptcy protection.

The 68-year-old told a St. Louis radio station on Tuesday that “somebody in the media” read more into his association with Tribune than was real.

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Eisner told “The McGraw Millhaven Show” on KTRS that he had invested in Tribune debt.

Eisner is a close friend of John Angelo, co-founder of Angelo, Gordon & Co., which owns much of Tribune debt and may own part of the company after it emerges from Chapter 11.

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Tribune newspapers the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune have said Eisner was being considered for a leadership role.

Eisner called Tribune “fantastic” but says that doesn’t mean he’d end up running it.

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