MediaWatch: July 1988

Vol. Two No. 7

Revolving Door: David Burke

David Burke, Legislative Assistant and later Chief of Staff to Senator Ted Kennedy between 1965 and 1971, will be the new President of CBS News.

Currently the Executive Vice President of ABC News, he served as Chief of Staff to New York Governor Hugh Carey, a Democrat, before moving to ABC in 1977. Burke takes over CBS News on August 1, just in time to oversee GOP Convention coverage.

Dan Noyes, an ABC World News This Morning producer and the off-air reporter covering the Bob Dole presidential campaign, promoted to an on-air position. He's now a general assignment reporter. In 1977 he helped launch the Center for Investigative Reporting, a San Francisco group affiliated with the far-left Mother Jones magazine.

Scott Richardson, Deputy Press Secretary to Senator Bob Dole since 1982, hired by ABC News as Press Representative for World News Tonight.

Martin Franks, Executive Director of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee from 1981-86, became Vice President of CBS Inc., Washington, in June. He'll direct the network's Capitol Hill lobbying. He served as Issues Director for the Carter-

Mondale campaign in 1980 after leaving a position with Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont).

Franks will report to Jay Kriegel, Senior Vice President for external relations. A friend of CBS CEO Laurence Tisch, Kriegel was Chief of Staff to New York Democratic Mayor John Lindsay in the early '70's.

Franks replaces Bob McConnell who was Assistant Attorney General for legislative and intergovernmental affairs under William French Smith until joining CBS in 1984. In the early 1970's, McConnell served as a Legislative Assistant to U.S. Representative John Rhodes (R-Arizona).

Also on the lobbying front, Paul Myer, Vice President and Director of government relations for Capital Cities/ABC Inc., has left for similar job with Northern Telecom. Before moving to ABC News in 1977, Myer served as Associate Director for congressional relations of the White House Domestic Policy Council during the administration of President Ford.

Earlier, he was the top aide to former U.S Representative Herman Badillo, a liberal Bronx Democrat, and Director of Legislation for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. Two liberal politicians got a chance to do some reporting during the Democratic Convention. Boston's ABC affiliate, WCVB-TV, used Geraldine Ferraro as a nightly analyst in Atlanta. The Scripps- Howard chain asked Gary Hart to write a daily column for their newspapers.

Hart has also found a newspaper willing to print his opinions year round. He's begun writing a column for the Soviet government daily, Moscow News.