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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Daniel Burke, American television executive, President of ABC (1986–1994), complications of diabetes, died he was 82.

Daniel Burke was an American television executive.

(February 4, 1929 – October 26, 2011)


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.[1] He worked for General Foods in Albany for five years after leaving Harvard before joining Capital Cities.[1] In 2011, the Los Angeles Times called Burke one of the "architects of the modern television industry."[1]

Acquisition of the American Broadcasting Company

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.[1] Burke became President of ABC following the merger, running the daily operations of the television network until his retirement in 1994.[1] Burke and Murphy streamlined ABC's operations and made the network more profitable.[1] One of Burke's three sons, Steve, former head of Comcast, has headed NBC Universal since 2010.


His philanthropic efforts included serving as Chairman Emeritus of NewYork–Presbyterian Hospital and as director of Partnership for a Drug-Free America.[1] He founded a minor league baseball team based in Portland, Maine.[1]


Daniel Burke died from complications of diabetes at his home in Rye, New York, on October 26, 2011, aged 82. He was survived by his wife of 54 years, Harriet, and their four children.[1]

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