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February 11, 2011 by staff 

CNN Headline News, (AP) – Former CNN and the Associated Press executive Jon Petrovich died following a battle against cancer and diabetes. Petrovich, who would have been 64 on Feb. 28, died Thursday in New York, said his nephew, Ron Petrovich. A highly respected leader of dissemination joined the AP in 2007 Petrovich. As vice president of U.S. distribution operations, he oversaw daily operations at the national, in collaboration with the wire distribution of AP, online, radio and television platforms.

Petrovich “deeply understood and loved the broadcast business and was very optimistic about the possibilities of digital media,” said Sue Cross, Vice President of the PA media markets in the United States. “He was a force to cheer on our teams broadcasting explore new ways of delivering news, and always a source of inspiration and humor.”

Petrovich was executive vice president of CNN for 15 years, where he developed CNN Interactive, which produces CNN en Espa?ol and many specialty channels business. He was instrumental in the development of CNN news service to its network of subsidiaries and the airport.

He also served as president of Turner Broadcasting Latin America for two years.

Former CNN President Tom Johnson said Petrovich was presented by Ted Turner to run CNN Headline News, which he has made a significant presence in the cable spectrum.

“It was a great innovator and creative force,” said Johnson. “He was really someone who has contributed to CNN in the future.”

Before joining AP, Petrovich was professor and head of broadcasting at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. He was a keynote speaker and distinguished board of advisors of the school in the 1990s.

He oversaw international networks for Sony Television.

Besides news, Petrovitch passions included food and restaurants. He “at least tried to find all the great restaurants in all cities around the world” recalled his nephew, Ron.

A native of Gary, Indiana, Petrovich began his career in 1970 as a reporter at WHAs-TV in Louisville, KY. While news director at WBAL-TV in Baltimore, the station won an Edward R. Murrow for best regional newscast.

Besides his nephew, his wife, Karen, a daughter and a son and three grandchildren, survives Petrovich.


AP writer Joan M. Beall in Washington contributed to this story.


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