CBS is changing things up in its affiliate relations group, with CBS Corp. Chairman and CEO Leslie Moonves announcing Monday that Kurt Davis will take over as executive VP, affiliate relations, for the CBS TV Network.
Davis succeeds Elizabeth Tumulty, who has led the affiliate relations group since December 2013. Davis will report to Moonves. Davis comes from CBS News, where he has been VP of news services since 2013.
Davis “will oversee all day-to-day operations for the network affiliate relations department,” TVNewsCheck reports. “He will also work closely with Ray Hopkins, president of television networks distribution, who will continue to oversee business affairs and affiliation agreements.”
“Davis was previously responsible for overseeing CBS Newspath, CBS News’ satellite newsgathering organization, which provides video to more than 200 affiliates and broadcasters around the world,” the report notes.
Moonves said in a statement: “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. Going forward, working with Ray, Kurt will now be a big part of our continuing efforts to build upon CBS’s status as the No. 1 broadcaster in the business. 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.”