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NEW YORK — CBS has named a new general manager of its Boston O&O station in the first exec shift under new CBS Stations prexy Mel Karmazin.

Bill Aber, VP-general manager at WBZ since 1995, was named VP, new business development, at CBS Cable, and will be replaced in Boston by Ed Goldman, now VP-G.M. at WBZ Radio. Both are longtime execs at Group W Broadcasting, now merged into CBS.

Goldman, once station manager at WBZ-TV, has more recently managed CBS’ AM radio stations as a division VP, and at WBZ Radio, he helped integrate news operations with those of WBZ-TV as part of a Group W pilot program also tested in San Francisco.

Improved coverage

Those shared resources, designed to improve coverage while eliminating redundant costs, are expected to intensify with both TV and radio stations now reporting to Mel Karmazin. Goldman, with a background in sales, joined Group W’s TV sales arm in 1980, rose to president there and then entered station-management ranks.

Aber, a 25-year vet of Westinghouse’s Group W Broadcasting unit, has an editorial background, working as news director at KDKA Pittsburgh and WBZ before managing stations there and in Philadelphia. Aber helped launch Home Team Sports, a Washington, D.C.-based regional sports channel.

In other expected shifts, CBS this week is expected to formally name Westinghouse exec VP Bill Korn to a strategic planning post, and to name Washington lobbyist Martin Franks to a New York-based post responsible for overseeing D.C. affairs and other functions.

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