With the title of president and general manager, Jon Hitchcock will helm KYW and WPSG starting March 30. Hitchcock joins the stations from LIN’s duopoly in Hartford, Conn., WTNH and WCTX. He succeeds Michael Colleran. “Jon is a terrific station executive with many years of direct experience running a duopoly,” said CBS TV Stations chief Tom Kane.
on Hitchcock is taking over as president and general manager of CBS’s Philadelphia local TV duopoly, KYW (CBS) and WPSG (CW), it was announced today by CBS Television Stations President Tom Kane.
He is set to start March 30, succeeding Michael Colleran.
Hitchcock joins CBS from LIN Television, where he was general manager of a Hartford, Conn., duopoly, WTNH (ABC) and WCTX (MNT).
“As someone with strong northeastern roots, I’m excited and humbled to be leading two stations with such history and presence in the Philadelphia marketplace,” said Hitchcock in a prepared statement.
In addition to nearly seven years at the helm of the Hartford duopoly, those roots include a turn at Blair Television in New York City.
“Jon is a terrific station executive with many years of direct experience running a duopoly,” said Kane. “He’s also proven himself to be a fully-engaged leader who knows the importance of community outreach and engaging the audience with programming, news and public affairs initiatives.”
Kane praised the outgoing Colleran for his “innumerable contributions in both Philadelphia and Miami during his tenure with CBS.”
Colleran explained his departure in an e-mail to Philly.com: “I have had a contract with CBS which was coming to an end. It was time for me to take a look at the rest of my life. There are myriad opportunities and challenges which I’ll never experience if I don’t do so now.
“I’ve announced my resignation with the hope of fulfilling many dreams beyond what I’ve been doing for the past 40 years. It’s all good for me – and quite exciting!”
Hitchcock has been active in industry affairs. He is the current chairman of the Connecticut Broadcast Association and he sits on the board for the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for New England.
He has also held board positions with Connecticut’s Regional Leadership Counsel, Yale New Haven Hospital, American Red Cross, ABC, and the New Haven Chamber of Commerce.
Hitchcock will relocate to Philadelphia with his wife and three children.