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Don Corsini, president and GM of KCBS-TV and KCAL-TV, CBS’ duopoly in Los Angeles, is stepping down from his post at year’s end. He will be succeeded by Patrick McClenahan, who is being promoted from senior vp and station manager.
There is no official word of where Corsini will land, though the news led to speculation that he might segue to a post at Tribune-owned KTLA Los Angeles. Corsini was unavailable for comment, and reps for Tribune and KTLA declined comment.
McClenahan has a long history with the CBS duopoly, first joining KCAL in April 1997 as vp and executive producer of sports. In 2000, he added oversight of the station’s new-media business and was promoted to his current position a year later. He has overseen several major projects including the negotiation of KCAL’s long-term broadcast rights deals agreements with the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Dodgers.
“In Patrick, we have one of the brightest, most creative executives in our group,” said Tom Kane, president and CEO of CBS Television Stations.
Corsini has led the CBS L.A. duopoly since 2002. Under his tenure, the two stations were merged into one facility at the Studio City Broadcast Center.
“Don has been extremely effective in bringing KCBS and KCAL together under one roof, creating one of the industry’s most successful duopolies,” Kane said. “We appreciate his years of service and are fortunate to have the kind of deep bench that enables us to name a successor with tremendous experience in the marketplace and at CBS.”
THR’s Kimberly Nordyke in Los Angeles contributed to this report.
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