The network promotes the head of its O&O flagship, WCBS New York, to be president of the company’s group comprising 29 owned-and-operated stations, succeeding Tom Kane.
Peter Dunn has been named president of CBS Television Stations, it was announced today by CBS CEO Leslie Moonves.
Dunn, who currently is president and general manager of flagship WCBS New York, will now oversee operations for all 29 O&Os and report to Moonves. He will retain his titles at WCBS and be based in New York.
Dunn is replacing Tom Kane, who headed the station group as president and CEO. CBS offered no explanation for his departure.
“Tom has navigated our stations through the roughest economy we’ve known, and he has done so with a sure and steady hand,” Moonves said in a statement. “His many contributions have left us well-positioned for the economic turnaround that we are beginning to see. It’s been a pleasure to work with him through his time here at CBS, and we all wish him well as he moves on to the next chapter.”
Moonves praised Dunn as a “terrific leader” in every role he’s had in the CBS station group. “He knows how to deliver results and inspire the best work from his people, and knows the local marketplace as well as anyone,” he said.
Prior to WCBS, Dunn was president of sales of the station group as well as president of its spot sales operations.
Dunn previously served as general manager of CBS’s Philadelphia stations, KYW and WPSG.
Before coming to CBS, Dunn was EVP of sales and SVP of sales and marketing for the NBC O&Os.
He also worked as local sales manager, national sales manager and account manager for WNBC New York, which he joined in 1997.
From 1987 to 1997, Dunn worked at the ABC Television Network as an account executive for both ABC Spot Sales and WABC New York.
He also worked as a sales manager for Katz TV in Boston, and served as national sales manager for WHEC Rochester, N.Y.