In addition to being a pioneering broadcaster, Daniel Burke was the father of NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke. Investor Warren Buffett — who was on the Capital Cities board — once said that having a company run by Daniel Burke and his partner Tom Murphy was “like having Ruth and Gehrig in the same lineup.” Here’s the official announcement of Burke’s passing:
Daniel B. Burke, 82, who served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Capital Cities/ABC, Inc., from 1990 until his retirement in 1994, and who was President and Chief Operating Officer of the Company from 1972, died at his home on Wednesday, October 26th, in Rye, N.Y.
Mr. Burke, whose distinguished media industry leadership spanned broadcasting, cable and publishing, joined Capital Cities in 1961 as General Manager of WTEN-TV in Albany. He was elected a Vice President of the Company in 1962 and, in 1964, was appointed General Manager of WJR-AM/FM in Detroit. Mr. Burke became Executive Vice President and Director of Capital Cities in 1967, and he served as President of the Publishing Division from 1969 to 1972. (more…)