The station group’s new tech vice president succeeds the just-retired Dave Folsom. Burke’s IT background helps him carry on Folsom’s mission to integrate IT with traditional TV technology at Raycom’s 33 news-producing stations. Among the efforts Burke’s worked on are centralizing the group’s traffic operations, creating its LiveLink streaming video system and adopting bonded cellular newsgathering tech.
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. He was also head of CBS News from 1988 to 1990. He was 78.