Joanne Calabria and Mike Nelson to assume expanded roles while continuing in current positions with Philadelphia and Los Angeles duopolies.
CBS Television Stations today promoted Joanne Calabria to vice president of public affairs and Mike Nelson to vice president of communications.
CBS said that these newly created group-wide functions are effective immediately and “are designed to better manage and grow the station group’s public affairs and public relations initiatives and to facilitate better communications within the group.”
Calabria will be responsible for developing and implementing group-wide public affairs initiatives for the company’s 39 television stations. She will work closely with the station group’s local community relations teams and support stations in the group whenever they require additional guidance regarding their community outreach activities.
Nelson will serve as the lead spokesperson for the CBS Television Stations and be responsible for managing the group’s media relations and internal communications functions. Additionally, he will provide counsel to all 39 of the group’s stations.
“We have many of the top local broadcasting properties in this business and it’s imperative that we better organize and communicate these efforts nationwide,” said Tom Kane, president and CEO, CBS Television Stations. “To that end, we welcome having talented and creative professionals like Joanne Calabria and Mike Nelson in charge of our public affairs, community relations and communications efforts. Joanne and Mike have made important contributions that have helped to drive the impressive growth of our stations in Philadelphia and Los Angeles, respectively, and we look forward to having them play key roles in the future success of our entire group.”
Calabria will maintain offices both in New York and in Philadelphia, where she will continue to head the communications department for KYW (CBS) and WPSG (CW). In this role, she oversees media relations and community outreach initiatives for the duopoly.
Nelson will maintain offices both in New York and in Los Angeles, where he will continue in his current role as head of the communications department for KCBS (CBS) and KCAL, the largest of the company’s nine duopolies.