Former Chief Legal Officer for CBS Stations Dies Unexpectedly

By Kevin Eck 

Marty Messinger, former chief legal officer for CBS Television Stations and CBS Corporation’s first chief compliance officer, died Sunday.

Messinger retired in December 2014 after a 36-year career with Westinghouse Broadcasting and CBS. He was 66.

“I know I speak for everyone at our stations who had the great pleasure of knowing and working with Marty when I say we are heartbroken by his sudden and unexpected passing,” said Peter Dunn, president of CBS Television Stations. “Marty was a wonderful friend and a tremendous counselor who provided an invaluable guiding light within our company. We will miss his words of wisdom, his terrific sense of humor and the deep love that he had for CBS and all of his colleagues.”

“The counseling and representation our stations received under Marty‚Äôs leadership was the best in the business,” said Jonathan Anschell, evp and general counsel for CBS Television. “As importantly, Marty was a friend and mentor to many of us, and he took a genuine interest in the lives and careers of colleagues throughout the company. Marty will be deeply missed, and he leaves behind a wonderful legacy.”

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 25 at Most Holy Trinity Church in East Hampton. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital or Save the Children, two of Marty’s favorite charities.