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Daniel B. Burke

  • Birthplace: Albany, New York
  • Birthday: February 04
Date of passing: 
October 26, 2011

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Daniel Burke was an American television executive.

Originally from Albany, New York, Burke served in the Korean War, later earning his Bachelor's degree from the University of Vermont and his MBA from Harvard University.

He worked for General Foods in Albany for five years after leaving Harvard before joining Capital Cities.

In 2011, the Los Angeles Times called Burke one of the "architects of the modern television industry."

With Capital Cities Chairman Tom Murphy, Burke spearheaded the $3.5 billion acquisition of the American Broadcasting Company in 1986 by Capital Cities, a much smaller company.

Daniel Burke was an American television executive.

Originally from Albany, New York, Burke served in the Korean War, later earning his Bachelor's degree from the University of Vermont and his MBA from Harvard University.

He worked for General Foods in Albany for five years after leaving Harvard before joining Capital Cities.

In 2011, the Los Angeles Times called Burke one of the "architects of the modern television industry."

With Capital Cities Chairman Tom Murphy, Burke spearheaded the $3.5 billion acquisition of the American Broadcasting Company in 1986 by Capital Cities, a much smaller company.

Burke became President of ABC following the merger, running the daily operations of the television network until his retirement in 1994.

Burke and Murphy streamlined ABC's operations and made the network more profitable.

One of Burke's three sons, Steve, former head of Comcast, has headed NBC Universal since 2010.

Daniel B. Burke was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame with Thomas S. Murphy in 2008.

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