Former ABC News Exec David Burke Dies at 78

6:57 PM PST 04/19/2014 by THR Staff

Burke was instrumental in creating network mainstays such as "Nightline" and "20/20."

Former ABC News executive David Burke has died. He was 78.

Burke was named ABC News vice president in 1979, and later rose to executive vice president. During his tenure, he was instrumental in the creation of a number of recognizable shows, including World News Tonight, Nightline and 20/20.

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In 1994, President Bill Clinton appointed Burke the first chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors. The board gives one journalist an honor in Burke's name each year.

Burke is survived by his wife Trixie, five children and a large number of grandchildren.

ABC News reported the news Saturday.

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