Davis returns to WABC-TV, where he successfully managed from 2003 until 2007.
"There's a reason I've spent the vast majority of my career with local news stations," Davis said. "I have a true passion for the unique role and service they provide their communities. I'm thrilled with this opportunity and look forward to again managing the number one station in the nation's number one market."
Davis begins his new role effective immediately.
"News is the lifeblood of our stations, and Dave's credentials are unmatched in that area, having spent more than 33 years in the business, with 28 of those for the ABC Owned Station Group," Ms. Campbell said. "His intimate knowledge of WABC and the New York market make him ideally suited for the top job at our flagship station. We're thrilled to welcome him back to our division and to Channel 7."
In commenting on Mr. Davis' appointment, David Westin, president ABC News, stated, "While we are sad to see Dave leave ABC News, the company deserves the very best for the number one station in the largest market in the country, and there's no arguing that Dave is that person. Our loss is WABC's gain, and we look forward to working closely with Dave in New York."
Davis has overall management responsibility for WABC-TV/Channel 7 and all of its ancillary businesses, including two additional digital TV channels (LiveWell HD and one that carries local and regional weather powered by AccuWeather); 7online.com, the station's Internet site; and "Live! with Regis and Kelly," the long-running hit syndicated series produced by the station. Mr. Davis both preceded and succeeds Rebecca Campbell in the position.