Alphabet ups Kern to VP

Exec involved in net's longterm planning

ABC has upped Steve Kern to veepee of program planning and scheduling.

Kern will oversee day-to-day aspects of primetime scheduling, including series, telepics, specials, sports and news programming. He’s also involved in longterm planning for the net, as well as tracking competitive programming and devising counterprogramming strategies.

Kern reports to Alphabet exec VP Jeff Bader, who said Kern’s “dedication, expertise and knowledge of the industry have helped lead ABC to its strong position this season.”

Over the past few years, Kern has been a part of the team involved in key ABC sked moves such as the shift of “Grey’s Anatomy” to Thursdays, a decision that has paid off by making the Alphabet a key player on the revenue-heavy night.

Before his promotion, Kern served as exec director of program planning and scheduling. He joined ABC in 2007, having previously held management gigs in research or scheduling at Fox Sports Net, Warner Bros. TV and Columbia TriStar TV Distribution.

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