Longtime CBS television station executive Don Corsini has joined crosstown rival KTLA-TV Channel 5, becoming general manager and president of the Tribune-owned station.
Corsini last summer decided to step down as general manager of CBS Corp.'s two Los Angeles stations -- KCBS-TV Channel 2 and KCAL-TV Channel 9 -- when his contract expired Wednesday. He spent 12 years at the helm of KCAL, including the past 6 1/2 years when he also ran KCBS, setting a record as that station's longest serving general manager.
"After 12 years, I was up for a new challenge," he said. His first day at KTLA was Thursday.
Corsini, 61, is credited with combining the operations of KCBS and KCAL in 2002, hiring Paul Magers as KCBS co-anchor in 2004 and revamping the telecasts and equipment for the two stations, which recently moved to a new facility in Studio City.
Ed Wilson, president of Tribune Broadcasting, lauded Corsini for his track record of recruiting and keeping staff members and negotiating broadcast rights with several sports teams, suggesting that KTLA might seek to bolster its lineup with sports.