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Pollock, Liss top list for ABC stations

Shuffle is rumored to be preparation for execs retirement

NEW YORK — Buena Vista Television chairman Walter Liss has been named president of the ABC Owned Television Stations group, while Larry Pollock, who had held that position since 1991, has been upped to chairman of the Alphabet’s stations.

Liss will report to Pollock, while Pollock will continue to report to ABC Inc. broadcasting prexy Robert Callahan, who announced both exec changes Wednesday.

The management shuffle is expected to lead to Liss taking full control of the ABC-owned stations within the next few years, following Pollock’s retirement.

“These appointments place two of the most experienced and talented TV station executives at the helm of our station group and assure us an orderly succession in the years ahead,” Callahan said.

Liss had been named chairman of Buena Vista Television in October 1996. Before that, he served as general manager and prexy of ABC flagship WABC for nine years.

Pollock has been with ABC or its former parent company, Capital Cities, in one position or another since 1956.

There’s no word yet on whether Liss will be replaced at Buena Vista.