Robert W. Burdick has been named editor of the Daily News of Los Angeles, the San Fernando Valley-based newspaper's owner, Jack Kent Cooke, said Friday.
Burdick, 39, formerly managing editor for news, succeeds Timothy M. Kelly, who resigned this week to become managing editor of the Orange County Register.
Before joining the Daily News in October, 1984, Burdick was an assistant managing editor at the Denver Post. He assumes the new duties immediately.
Kelly, editor since September, 1984, was the fifth official to quit at the Daily News this year.
Cooke, owner of the Washington Redskins football team and former owner of the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team, bought the Daily News, with 153,000 circulation, in 1985 from the Tribune Co. of Chicago.