Chicago — CBS Corporation fired Joe Ahern, GM of WBBM-TV Channel 2 on Tuesday, reports outgoing columnist Robert Feder of the Chicago Sun-Times. The CBS O&O was under the management of Ahern for 6 years. Ahern was brought in from ABC O&O rival WLS-TV after he led the station to market dominating #1 in all news time slots. The magic never occurred at WBBM. In his tenure, WBBM has been twice sued, and his staff picked up the tab for his birthday party. Additionally, WBBM has languished in last place.
Ahern was charged with the responsibility of reforming and improving the ailing CBS station, which is rated last in 10 o’clock newscasts. The station has recently gone to high-definition newscasts, and shuffled it’s anchor lineup, now featuring Rob Johnson, and KMOV alum Anne State.
Effective this past Wednesday, Bruno Cohen took over as station manager. Cohen has most recently managed the KMAX/KOVR Duopoly in Sacramento, CA.