NEW YORK (AP) - Robert J. Wussler, a CNN co-founder who became the youngest president of the CBS television network when he took over at age 39, has died.
He was 73. Spokesman Arthur Sando says Wussler died June 5 at his home in Westport, Conn., after a long illness.
Wussler started his 21-year career at CBS working in the mailroom. He eventually became executive producer of CBS News, where he oversaw special projects including man's landing on the moon.
In 1978, Wussler formed his own production company called Pyramid Enterprises. It created syndicated programming for the international marketplace, specializing in Japan, France and the former Soviet Union.
In 1980, Ted Turner recruited Wussler to join Turner Broadcasting Systems and to help develop CNN. Wussler won seven Emmy awards.
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