It’s deja vu for J. David Davis, who Friday (July 2) was named president and general manager of WABC-TV, ABC’s New York Flagship. The former evp of ABC News since 2007, Davis has spent 28 of his 33 years with the ABC-owned station group, including four years as president and general manager of WABC.
Davis succeeds Rebecca Campbell, who in May was promoted to president of the ABC Television Group with the retirement of Walter Liss.
In his new post, Davis has overall management responsibility for WABC and its ancillary businesses, including two digital TV channels, 7online.com and “Live! with Regis and Kelly,” the long running top-rated syndicated series produced by the station.
“News is the lifeblood of our stations and Dave’s credentials are unmatched in that area,” said Campbell. “His intimate knowledge of WABC and the New York market make him ideally suited for the top job at our flagship station. We’re thrilled to welcome him back to our division and to Channel 7.”
David Westin, president of ABC News said he was said to see Davis go. “Our loss is WABC’s gain, and we look forward to working closely with Dave in New York,” he said.
David got his start as a news photographer at KTRK-TV, ABC’s owned station in Houston, moving up to news reporter and news producer. He also worked as news director for ABC owned stations as news director for WTVD in Raleigh-Durham and WPVI in Philadelphia, rising to president and general manager of WPVI and then on to WABC in 2003 as president and general manager.