In a major surprise, Alan Wurtzel was named to the new post of president-research and media development at NBC. Mr. Wurtzel joins NBC from ABC, where he was senior VP-media development, brand management and research. He had been named that network's top research executive in August. Nick Schivone, NBC's longtime senior VP-research, will report to Mr. Wurtzel.
Hank Close to senior VP-advertising sales, Comedy Central, New York, the top ad sales slot at the cable network. Mr. Close comes to Comedy from Fox Broadcasting Co., where he was senior VP-eastern sales. He succeeds Larry Divney, Comedy's former exec VP-advertising sales, who was promoted to president-CEO of the network earlier this year.
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