Media Mash: Fearless Huffington

The timing wasn't so good. Virtually on the eve of the book bash for Arianna Huffington's latest book: "On Becoming Love, Work and Life," (Little Brown), Tom Freston, the party's co-host, along with his wife Kathy, had just been canned as the boss of Viacom by Sumner Redstone, the octagenarian, and sometimes capricious corporate mogul. Freston, one of the founders and then CEO of MTV, rose to be co-president and co-COO, with Leslie Moonves of Viacom. The company was then split into two, with Freston in charge of Paramount Pictures, the cable properties including Comedy Central, etc, while Moonves was put in charge of the CBS Corporation. But Freston's role ended on September 5th.

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