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Burt Reinhardt, early CNN president, dies at 91
ATLANTA (AP) - Burt Reinhardt, one of CNN’s first presidents and a television pioneer who is credited with helping to build the global news network in its formative years, died at his home near Atlanta on Tuesday. He was 91.
Reinhardt joined CNN in 1979 as the start-up network prepared to launch, his daughter said. Turner Broadcasting founder Ted Turner named Reinhardt as president in January 1982. During his tenure, he oversaw the beginning of “Larry King Live,” which just ended its run late last year, and much of the network’s expansion.
“Burt was Ted’s co-pilot and that plane wouldn’t have taken off arguably if Burt hadn’t been there because he gave it the steady hand,” said Frank Sesno, a former CNN anchor, White House correspondent and Washington bureau chief.
Reinhardt stayed with the network until he retired in 2003, his daughter said.
Reinhardt began his journalism career as a World War II combat photographer in the Pacific. He also was managing editor of Fox Movietone News, which is how many people used to get their visual news at movie theaters before TV.
He also spent time as executive vice president of UPI Television News and supervised the establishment of UPI’s global television operations in the 1960s.
“He negotiated contracts with talent, purchased engineering equipment with suppliers, and watched the business side so the news side could flourish,” Johnson said.
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