CBS3/CW Philly 57 President and General Manager Michael Colleran will be replaced at month's end by television veteran Jon Hitchcock. CBS Television President Tom Kane announced Hitchcock as Colleran's successor today. Colleran, who had previously run CBS and UPN stations in Miami, has overseen CBS3 since 2005 including of course the drama-filled period from late 2007 through much of 2008.
“Jon is a terrific station executive with many years of direct experience running a duopoly,” said Kane in a written statement. “I’m confident he is the perfect candidate to succeed Michael Colleran who made many innumerable contributions in both Philadelphia and Miami during his tenure with CBS. We wish him well in his future endeavors.”
Hitchcock worked for an ABC station and a sports station in Connecticut since 2002 and currently serves as chairman of the Connecticut Broadcast Association. He'll be moving here with his wife and three children.
"I have had a contract with CBS which was coming to an end. It was time for me to take a look at the rest of my life," Colleran said by e-mail this morning. "There are myriad opportunities and challenges which I'll never experience if I don't do so now. I've announced my resignation with the hope of fulfilling many dreams beyond what I've been doing for the past 40 years. It's all good for me - and quite exciting!"