The move marks a return to the Washington, DC local television market for Burdett. He was vice president and station manager at rival WJLA, the ABC-affiliate, from 1996-98. Most recently, he was vice president of corporate sales and development for the Baltimore Ravens.
“His innovative thinking, proven team-building and community expertise make him an ideal fit for WUSA,” Dave Lougee, president of WUSA parent company Gannett Broadcasting, said in a statement. “He brings back to broadcasting a fresh perspective on serving our viewers and the community at large.”
Burdett replaces Allan Horlick, who announced his retirement in November.