Known as Bud, Grant started his career at NBC in 1956 and held posts at the TODAY show as well as management positions at the network's daytime and late-night units. Among the shows at NBC that Grant played a role in developing DAYS OF OUR LIVES.
Grant joined CBS in 1972 as vice president of daytime programming, replacing Paul Rauch. The network successfully launched THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS a year later.
Grant moved into primetime in 1977 and became president from 1980 until 1987. CBS primetime hits during that time included DALLAS and KNOTS LANDING.
A recipient of many industry honors, Grant was a past governor of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and a former member of the board of directors of the Hollywood Radio & Television Society.
Survivors include Grant's wife, Linda Fernandez, and children: David, a vice president at CBS; Kate Grant; Val DeNoia and Michele Spaulding.
A memorial will be held on August 30. Further information can be found at Bud Grant Memorial.
- FLASHBACK: CBS Slipping From Daytime Lead 1972 (B. Donald Grant moves from NBC to CBS)