CBS has reached to its news division for a new affiliate-relations chief. Leslie Moonves said today that Kurt Davis, who has been VP News Services at CBS News since 2013, is the network’s new EVP Affiliate Relations. He replaces Elizabeth Tumulty, who had led the group since December 2013.
Davis had been overseeing CBS Newspath, CBS News’ satellite newsgathering organization that provides video to more than 200 affiliates and broadcasters around the world. In his new role, he’ll oversee day-to-day operations for the Network affiliate relations department.
“Through his work with Newspath, which is of great importance to our affiliates, Kurt developed a strong understanding of the intricacies involved within the network-affiliate business model and where it is heading,” said Moonves, to whom Davis will report. “Clearly, CBS’ affiliates are a big part of our success, and it is gratifying to have someone with Kurt’s expertise managing these important relationships.”
Prior to joining CBS News, Davis spent 10 years as Executive News Director at CBS affiliate KENS San Antonio, where he oversaw all editorial content and set short- and long-term strategies for the unit. He did earlier stints at news divisions for TV stations in Texas, Virginia, Arkansas and Louisiana.