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John David Backe (July 5, 1932 – October 22, 2015) was an American television executive who served as the President and CEO of CBS from 1977 until 1980. Previously a bomber pilot, Backe helped CBS return to number 1 in the late 1970s before being ousted by CBS' founder, William S. Paley. He died on October 22,2015, from heart failure. He was 83.
- "John Backe Dies at 83; Put CBS Back Atop Prime Time". New York Times. Oct 28, 2015. Retrieved October 28, 2015.
- Abid Rahman (2015-10-28). "John Backe, CBS CEO in the '70s, Dies at 83". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2015-10-28.
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