ABC UPS KANE, FLORSHEIM

NEW YORK – ABC tapped Thomas P. Kane, the top exec at its O&O station in Philadelphia, to run flagship WABC New York.

Kane, a former general sales manager at WABC, returns to Gotham from WPVI in Philly, filling one of two vacancies at ABC’s stations division while creating another. Also Monday, the company named Henry Florsheim, currently WABC’s news director, as president and G.M. of KTRK Houston, replacing James Masucci, who took early retirement last summer. Both moves are effective Jan. 6.

At WABC, Kane succeeds Walter Liss, who was named chairman of ABC parent Walt Disney Co.’s Buena Vista Television unit in October. Kane, a 21-year Alphabet web vet, has run WPVI – also as president and G.M. – since 1993, after working in several sales posts for ABC Spot Sales and at WABC, from 1975-77 and again from 1982-86.

Florsheim, a longtime broadcast news exec, has headed WABC’s news operations since 1990, four years after joining the station from ABC-owned WLS Chicago. He’s also worked in news posts at WPIX and the former WNEW in New York and WJAR Providence.

Kane will name Florsheim’s replacement as news director in New York; both execs report to Larry Pollock, president of ABC Owned Television Stations, in their new posts.

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