CBS exec Roger King dead at 63

December 29, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgHe is survived by his wife, Raemali, and three daughters.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champUnder King’s guidance, King World became the industry’s leading distributor of first-run, syndicated programming, bringing such shows to television as “Wheel of Fortune,” “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and “Dr. Phil.” He also launched the long-running syndicated news magazine “Inside Edition.” “Roger was the best sales executive this industry has ever known,” Winfrey said in a statement supplied by CBS. “I will never forget what he did for me. And this industry will never forget his legendary presence.” The King-syndicated “Wheel of Fortune” introduced the public to host Pat Sajak and letter turner Vanna White. CBS says it has been television’s No. 1 syndicated show for the past 23 years. The King-syndicated version of “Jeopardy!,” with Trebek as host, has ranked among television’s top three syndicated shows for 22 years. CBS said King was responsible for the syndicated sale of reruns several network prime-time shows, including “Everybody Loves Raymond,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” and reality shows including “Survivor,” “The Amazing Race” and “America’s Top Model.” King was inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame in 1992 and the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2004. Roger M. King, the CBS and King World Productions executive who helped bring stars like Oprah Winfrey, Alex Trebek and “Dr. Phil” McGraw to television, died Saturday of a stroke, a CBS spokesman said. He was 63. King was stricken at his Boca Raton, Fla., home on Friday and died Saturday at a hospital, CBS spokesman Chris Ender told The Associated Press. At the time of his death King was chief executive officer of CBS Television Distribution. He joined the network in 2000 when his groundbreaking company, King World Productions, merged with CBS. “Television has lost a legend, a truly original executive with an unparalleled combination of business acumen, passion and personality. CBS has lost a colleague and a good friend,” CBS President and CEO Leslie Moonves said in a statement. “It’s a very sad day for CBS and for all of broadcasting.” last_img read more