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Ed Joyce, Former CBS News Pres., Has Died

cbsnews130Ed Joyce, who climbed the ladder at CBS News for nearly three decades, reaching the pinnacle as president of CBS News in 1983, has died.

Joyce’s short, two-year tenure as president of the news division was chronicled in his memoir Prime Times, Bad Times. When the memoir was published in 1988 The New York Times wrote, “The view from within CBS – a la Ed Joyce – is not pretty. What he shows us is hypocrisy, paranoia and ego, and on a corporate level too: ‘an era of junk bonds and debt/equity ratios endangering [the] legacy’ of network news.”

Joyce’s first TV jobs were in Utica and Schenectady, New York. We would move on to CBS Radio in Chicago and, later, New York where he hosted a daily talk show. He moved in to news production and management, first at CBS’s local stations in Chicago and Los Angeles, before returning to New York in 1981 as executive vice-president of CBS News and elevated to president two years later.

Joyce’s son Randall Joyce is a producer for “60 Minutes.”

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