Veteran TV News Exec Bill Headline Dies

By Alissa Krinsky 

Longtime TV news executive Bill Headline has passed away at the age of 76.

Headline — “whose fitting name was Americanized by a Swedish ancestor,” the Washington Post reports — was a CBS News exec before joining then-newbie CNN in 1983. He became Washington bureau chief and later a VP for special projects and pool assignments.

Frank Sesno, who succeeded Headline as CNN D.C. bureau chief, tells the Post, “When Bill came to CNN, it had to claw its way into acceptance. He brought stature with both broadcasting and Washington experience.”

Headline went on to became chief of the now-defunct polling consortium Voter News Service. He also was a former President of the Radio-Television Correspondents’ Association.

(Family Photo via Washington Post)