Van Comer, general sales manager, KFSM-TV Fort Smith, Ark., named president and GM.

Stuart B. Powell, regional director, WPGH-TV Pittsburgh, named VP/GM, WCNC-TV Charlotte, N.C.

Robert Shellard, director, planning and administration, CBS, New York, named VP, planning and administration, affiliate relations.

Appointments at ABC, New York: Diane Dougherty-Chachas and Taryn Soba-Kianofsky, account executives, named directors, New York national sales-East, ABC national television sales.

David Rabinovitch, partner, Moving Images Production Group, San Francisco, RH Productions Ltd., Winnipeg, Manitoba, joins KCTS-TV Seattle as VP, production.

Bernadette Hendrickson, assistant program director and administrative assistant, KXJB-TV Valley City (Fargo area), N.D., named director, office operations.

Bruce Harrison, WDWB(TV) Detroit, named VP and director, engineering, Granite Broadcasting Corp., there.

Steven G. Smith, director, marketing and promotion, KPLS(AM) Orange, Calif., named director, marketing and promotion, KDOC-TV Anaheim (Los Angeles area), Calif.

Caroline Scollard-Taplett, national sales manager, wpbf (tv) Tequesta, Fla., named general sales manager.