Robert J. Wussler | CBS, Turner exec, 73

Posted: June 16, 2010

Robert J. Wussler, 73, president of the CBS Television Network in the 1970s and later the top aide to Ted Turner in the expansion of Turner's cable TV operations, died June 5 at his home in Westport, Conn.

Mr. Wussler, a native of Newark, N.J., first made his mark with CBS as executive producer for news. He was named to head CBS's sports coverage in the mid-1970s.

Mr. Wussler was hired by Turner in 1980 to help run the fledgling Turner Broadcasting System, and TBS grew to a media enterprise that included CNN, a new TNT network, and the MGM film library.

- N.Y. Times News Service

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