Arnie Kleiner, one of Los Angeles’ long-serving TV station chiefs, will retire from his post as g.m. of KABC-TV at the end of January.
Kleiner has been prexy of ABC’s West Coast flagship station for 19 years. During that time, KABC-TV has consistently ranked No. 1 or No. 2 in the local news races that matter most to broadcast stations. KABC-TV also has held strong in primetime despite the ups and downs of ABC’s schedule.
“Through his strong leadership, Arnie has led a team that has built KABC into the number one television station in Los Angeles,” said Rebecca Campbell, ABC Owned Television Station Group prexy. “We are extremely appreciative of his many years of commitment and dedication to our Owned Station Group, and the great passion that Arnie has brought to KABC.”
There’s no word yet on a replacement.
Kleiner is respected within ABC for his long tenure in the broadcasting biz. He began his career at Westinghouse Broadcasting, at radio station KDKA in Pittsburgh, in 1968. He moved through a series of posts at Westinghouse stations and Group W on the East Coast before landing at KFMB-TV in San Diego in 1993.
“I’ve been so lucky to have had such a long and rewarding career in the television business,” said Kleiner. “I’ve had the great privilege of working with an amazing group of people and I’m very glad to have helped build KABC-TV into the great station it is today. I leave the station in good hands, and they can count on me to be their most loyal viewer.”