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Cohen Replaces Ahern at Chicago’s WBBM-TV

Oct 14, 2008  •  Post A Comment

A shakeup at growth-challenged CBS-owned WBBM-TV in Chicago sends president and general manager Joe Ahern off to “pursue other opportunities” and replaces him with Bruno Cohen, who has been running KOVR-TV and KMAX-TV, the CBS-owned CBS and CW stations, respectively, in Sacramento, Calif. The change is effective immediately.
In the announcement Tuesday, CBS Television Stations President and CEO Tom Kane wished Mr. Ahern well and praised Mr. Cohen as “one of our finest and most innovative general managers.”
“We are confident that his breadth of experience and outstanding leadership abilities will be extremely well received by our employees as well as business and community leaders in Chicago and will help us to raise the bar considerably in this important market,” Mr. Kane said.
The announcement noted ratings and revenue growth and news improvements on Mr. Cohen’s watch in Sacramento.
Mr. Cohen got his start in local news, which he left to become a syndicated program development executive for Buena Vista Productions in 1987. Five years later, he became VP and news director for WNBC-TV, when the flagship NBC-owned station was remade from top to bottom by then general manager Bill Bolster.
Four years later, Mr. Cohen joined Mr. Bolster at CNBC as senior VP of programming and executive VP of business news. He left in 2002.
He became VP and general manager of KMAX in 2004 and then took over the duopoly when CBS bought KOVR in early 2005.
(Editor: Liff)

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