Syndication Executive Roger M. King Dead at 63

Roger M. King, the CBS and King World Productions executive who helped bring stars like Oprah Winfrey and Alex Trebek to television, has died at age 63.

A CBS spokesman says King died Saturday at a Florida hospital, a day after suffering a stroke at his Boca Raton home.

At the time of his death King was chief executive officer of CBS
Television Distribution. He joined network in 2000 when his groundbreaking company, King World Productions merged with CBS.

Under his guidance, King World became the industry's leading distributor of first-run, syndicated programming, bringing such shows to television as "Wheel of Fortune," "Jeopardy!," "The Oprah Winfrey Show" and "Dr. Phil."

CBS President and CEO Leslie Moonves called him a legend and "a truly original executive with an unparalleled combination of business acumen, passion and personality."

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

AP-NY-12-08-07 1751EST


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