In this position, Kahl's primary responsibility is overseeing the program planning and scheduling of all primetime programming for the CBS Television Network. He also supervises coordination between CBS programming divisions and the network’s respective operations in sales, marketing, affiliate relations, news, sports, research and with the CBS Television Station Group. Kahl’s responsibilities also include oversight of scheduling for the CW Network, a joint venture of CBS Corporation and Warner Bros. Entertainment.
In the 2010-2011 season, Kahl's strategic scheduling moves were integral to CBS's successful season. The relocation of THE BIG BANG THEORY to Thursday at 8:00 PM opened a new winning comedy block while the move of SURVIVOR to Wednesdays at 8:00 PM have resulted in the Network's strongest ratings in the time period in several years. Additionally, the moves of CSI: MIAMI and CSI: NY boosted their respective new time periods.
This fall, Kahl’s key scheduling moves included the relocation of THE GOOD WIFE to Sunday and CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION to Wednesday.
In 2008, Kahl played an instrumental role in bringing Mixed Martial Arts, one of the fastest growing spectator sports, to network television for the first time.
Kahl had been Executive Vice President, Program Planning and Scheduling, CBS since June 2001, overseeing all scheduling of primetime series, specials, television movies and mini-series for both CBS and the CW (formerly UPN).
Kahl, who had been Senior Vice President, Program Planning and Scheduling since August 1998, joined CBS in January 1996 as Vice President, Scheduling, CBS Entertainment, following three years as Director, Network Research at Warner Bros. Television. In that position, he was responsible for the day-to-day research operations of the studio and the analysis of its unprecedented roster of series including “ER,” “Friends,” “Murphy Brown,” and “The Drew Carey Show” and among others. He also developed and implemented the industry’s first in-house testing facility that, under his direction, was crucial to the studio’s success during the 1995-96 season, when it placed a record 20 series on fall schedules.
He joined Lorimar Television in 1990 (before Lorimar and Warner Bros. Television combined operations) as a research intern and quickly rose through the ranks as Research Analyst and then Manager, before assuming responsibility for the research department in 1993.
Kahl is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin at Madison (B.A., communications, 1989) and the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Communications (M.A., communications management, 1991).