Veteran broadcast, cable and syndication executive Bruno Cohen has been named President and General Manager, WBBM-TV Chicago. The announcement was made today by Tom Kane, President and Chief Executive Officer, CBS Television Stations. Cohen is succeeding Joe Ahern, who is leaving the station to pursue other opportunities.
"Bruno Cohen is one of our finest and most innovative general managers and has done a tremendous job of building our Sacramento duopoly, growing our business and creating a strong identity for our stations in the marketplace," said Kane. "Throughout his career, he has been a winner everywhere he has been, from local stations to national cable news. 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."
Kane added, "We would like to thank Joe Ahern for his many years of service. We sincerely appreciate his many contributions, including the development of CBS 2's new state-of-the-art broadcast center, and wish him the best in his future endeavors."
Cohen has served as President and General Manager of KOVR-TV (CBS 13) and KMAX-TV (CW 31), the CBS-owned stations in Sacramento, since CBS acquired KOVR in April 2005. Prior to that, he had served as Vice President and General Manager of KMAX since 2004. Under Cohen's leadership, KOVR and KMAX have delivered ratings and revenue growth and now produce a market-leading 68 hours of award-winning local news programming on a weekly basis.
Before joining CBS, Cohen served as the Senior Vice President of Programming and Executive Vice President of Business News for CNBC from 1996-2002. During this time, he oversaw the development of CNBC's primetime and signature daytime business news coverage which resulted in ratings growth during a period of dramatic growth in the financial markets.
Prior to that, Cohen was Vice President and News Director for WNBC-TV in New York from 1992-96 and was responsible for orchestrating a sea change in the station's approach to local news coverage which propelled the station to first place in the local ratings.
Cohen's background also includes work as a syndicated programming development executive for Buena Vista Productions from 1987-92. Prior to that, he worked for KPIX-TV in San Francisco as Executive News Producer and later News Director from 1979-86. He also served as a news producer for KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh from 1978-79 and got his start in television as a news producer for KEZI-TV in Eugene, Ore.
Cohen graduated from Princeton University was a B.A. in English.
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