David Barrett is chairman and chief executive officer of Hearst Television Inc, formerly Hearst-Argyle Television, Inc, a majority-owned, publicly traded subsidiary of Hearst Corporation, which traded on the New York Stock Exchange. Hearst Television is regarded as one of the country's preeminent television companies, recognized for excellence in local news, distinguished community service and competitive leadership in markets across America.
David joined Hearst in 1984 as general manager of the company's Baltimore radio stations, later assuming general manager responsibility for the Hearst Radio Group, and then for WBAL-TV in Baltimore. He relocated to New York in 1991 as vice president of Hearst Corporation and deputy general manager of broadcasting, with operating oversight for the company's television and radio stations. In 1997, at the merger of Hearst Broadcasting and Argyle Television into Hearst-Argyle Television, David was executive vice president and chief operating officer. He was named president and chief executive officer in 2001.
David, a director of Hearst Corporation, is also a trustee of the trust established under the will of William Randolph Hearst and a director of The Hearst Foundations. He also serves on the boards of directors of the Association for Maximum Service Television, Inc. (MSTV), the Emma L. Bowen Foundation, the Broadcasters Foundation, the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and the NAB Education Foundation (NABEF).
He is a past chairman of the board of governors for the ABC Television Affiliates Association and the Federal Communications Commission's Media Security and Reliability Council (MSRC II), and has previously served on the boards of directors of the International Radio and Television Society (IRTS), the Advertising Council and Internet Broadcasting Systems, Inc.
David has been the recipient of numerous industry honors. In 2008, he was inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame. In October of 2005, he was the recipient of The Media Institute's American Horizon Award and was also inducted into the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Management Hall of Fame. In 2004, he was named Broadcasting & Cable magazine's "Broadcaster of the Year."