New York, NY (WAFB) - CBS announced Monday the name of the new executive vice president of Affiliate Relations for the television network.
Kurt Davis was promoted to the new role after having served as VP of the News Services for CBS News since 2013. He previously oversaw CBS Newspath, a satellite newsgathering organization for CBS News. It provides video to over 200 affiliates and broadcasters across the globe.
Davis is succeeding Elizabeth Tumulty, who held that VP position since December 2013.
"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 Leslie Moonves, CBS chairman and chief executive officer.
Davis will report to Moonves and work closely with Ray Hopkins, president of CBS' Television Networks Distribution.
"Going forward, working with Ray, Kurt will now be a big part of our continuing efforts to build upon CBS's status as the number one broadcaster in the business," Moonves added. "Clearly, CBS's affiliates are a big part of our success and it is gratifying to have someone with Kurt's expertise managing these important relationships. I know that he will be a tremendous asset for the Network and for our stations across the country."
"Kurt has over two decades of management experience at the local station level and the relationships he has formed with our affiliates over the past three years make him an excellent fit for this position," said Hopkins. "I look forward to the contributions he will make in this new role as we continue to work closely with our affiliates, exploring new partnerships and ensuring that CBS receives full value for our programming."
Before working at CBS News, Davis spent 10 years as executive news director at CBS affiliate KENS-TV in San Antonio, Texas.
Before KENS-TV, Davis worked as a manager of coverage and content at WSB-TV in Atlanta for four years and as news director at WDSU-TV in New Orleans for six years.
He also spent much of his career in various news positions in different markets all over the country. That includes working as a managing editor at KDFW-TV in Dallas; a news director at WSET-TV in Lynchburg, Va.; an assistant news director at KATV-TV in Little Rock, Ark.; and a weekend producer and senior producer at WBRZ-TV in Baton Rouge, La.
Davis graduated in 1983 with a Bachelor's of Arts and Sciences in Journalism from LSU in Baton Rouge.