Phil Corvo

Phil Corvo, the former president of the National Assn. of Television Program Executives who turned it into the dominant international TV organization, died Dec. 24 in Los Angeles in after a long illness. He was 67.

With a broadcast career spanning nearly half a century, Corvo was responsible for expanding the association’s membership to more than 80 nations.

He also took its annual conference and exhibition from a small gathering of U.S. broadcast station program executives to what is now the world’s largest programming confab, with more than 12,000 attendees.

NATPE named Corvo its president and chief operating officer in 1988 after he had served as exec director for six years. Forced by illness to relinquish his presidential duties, Corvo assumed the post of exec VP in 1992.

Before joining NATPE in an official capacity, Corvo had been an active volunteer since 1971 and served on various committees and the board of directors.

The Waterbury, Conn., native, who served as a program director at various TV stations for more than 25 years, began his broadcast career in radio there in 1951 as a disc jockey, writer and news director. He jumped to TV two years later as an operations manager for WATR Waterbury.

Corvo is survived by his wife of 45 years, Doris, nine children (including David Corvo, exec producer of Fox’s new latenight news strip), four grandchildren, a brother and sister.

Memorial services were scheduled for Dec. 29 in Santa Monica, Calif.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Lung Heart Transplant Program at UCLA Medical Center, 10833 Le Conte Ave., L.A., 90024.

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