DMA 24: PITTSBURGH

CBS Names Chris Cotugno GM In Pittsburgh

He is succeeding Jay Howell as head of KDKA (CBS), WPCW (CW), CBSPittsburgh.com and CBSN Pittsburgh.

Veteran television stations executive Chris Cotugno has been appointed vice president and general manager of the CBS Television Stations’ Pittsburgh properties: KDKA (CBS), WPCW (CW), CBSPittsburgh.com and CBSN Pittsburgh, a local direct-to-consumer streaming news service that is expected to launch by early 2020.

Cotugno is succeeding Jay Howell, who earlier this year was named president and general manager of the company’s local media properties in Los Angeles.

Cotugno has been with KDKA and WPCW for more than 17 years as the stations’ director of sales. His 22 years of experience in the Pittsburgh market also includes four years with WPGH-TV and WCWB-TV, where he held a number of sales management positions.

“Chris has for many years been a major contributor to our continuing success in Pittsburgh, so it gives us great pleasure to recognize his talent and leadership abilities with this promotion,” said Peter Dunn, president, CBS Television Stations. “We believe his deep roots in the market and strong relationships with clients, community partners and his colleagues will serve him well as he assumes responsibility for overseeing our legacy station in Pittsburgh and leading the expansion of our digital platforms.”

Cotugno’s local television experience also includes positions with stations in Tampa, Orlando and Las Vegas.

Prior to his work in local television, Cotugno served in the United States Air Force.

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