CBS Names Noriko Kelley Head of Scheduling

Exec takes over for Kelly Kahl, who recently landed the role of president

Noriko Kelley has been promoted to executive vice president of program planning and scheduling at CBS Entertainment.

She takes over for and will report to Kelly Kahl, who recently landed the role of president of the division.

Kelley will be responsible for program planning and scheduling of all primetime programming for CBS. She will also oversee coordination between CBS programming divisions and operations in other areas of the network, along with interaction with the CBS Television Station Group.

I’m excited to promote Noriko to this critical position. I obviously value scheduling and understand its importance to CBS’ overall success,” said Kahl in a statement. “She has an outstanding skill set for this job — she’s extremely intelligent, resourceful and insightful. Noriko is also one of the hardest-working execs I’ve had the pleasure of working with and will transition seamlessly and excel in this new role.”

Since August 2012, Kelley has held the role of senior vice president of programming planning and scheduling. Before that, she had been vice president of the department since April 2010, and she played a role in successfully relocating “The Big Bang Theory” to Thursdays.

Kelley, who will also continue to work with The CW, joined the scheduling department in 2003 as a coordinator before moving up to manager in February 2006. She started as an intern in the CBS research department in 2001.

Having earned her undergraduate degree and M.A. at USC, she serves on the boards of the USC Annenberg School of Communication Alumni Advisory and the USC Society of Trojan Women.