Cohen Takes Over KPIX, Wilke Helms WBBM
GM changes at major CBS-owned stations in San Francisco, Chicago
By Michael Malone -- Broadcasting & Cable, 9/14/2012 11:20:53 AM
Wilke comes from the top spot at Tribune's WGN Chicago and joins CBS October 1, succeeding Cohen, who came to Chicago in 2008.
Ron Longinotti has departed the GM post at KPIX.
"This is a great day for CBS," said Peter Dunn, president of CBS Television Stations. "WBBM has experienced a renaissance under Bruno's leadership and is enjoying its best success in more than 20 years. The station is moving in an exciting direction, thanks in large part to a lot of hard work by Bruno and his colleagues. While we love having Bruno in Chicago, we have an even greater need for his talent and experience in San Francisco and Seattle. We are fortunate to have found a terrific successor in Marty, who has spent her entire life in the Chicago area, understands the intricacies of the market and has earned a great reputation as a skilled operator during her many years at WGN."
Cohen's appointment is a return to northern California; he ran CBS' duopoly in Sacramento, and earlier in his career, was news director at KPIX.
"I'm excited about this new assignment and honored by Peter's and CBS's confidence in me," Cohen said. "The staff at WBBM is doing an exceptional job. I'll miss them and the city of Chicago. But I look forward to returning to the Bay Area-the place where I grew up, where my sons were born and where I had such a wonderful experience at KPIX."
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