James Goldston To Head ABC News
As part of the ongoing succession process, Anne Sweeney, co-chair, Disney Media Networks and president, Disney/ABC Television Group, today announced that ABC News Senior Vice President James Goldston has been named president, ABC News, replacing Ben Sherwood, who was recently promoted to co-president, Disney/ABC Television Group.
In this role, Goldston will be responsible for all editorial and business aspects of the News Division, including all ABC News programs on the ABC Television Network, ABC News Radio, ABC News.com and ABC News NOW.
In making the announcement, Sweeney stated, “James has been an integral part of the resurgence at ABC News, lending his insight and expertise to our news programs as they’ve experienced tremendous success and momentum. He’s smart, strategic and fearless in his pursuit of creative excellence.”
Goldston was named SVP for content and development of ABC News in March 2012. In this role, he oversaw ABC News programs and executive producers and led the development of new shows for broadcast, cable and other distribution.
Prior to his role as SVP, Goldston was the senior executive producer of Good Morning America from February 2011 to March 2012.
Goldston joined ABC News in 2004 as senior producer of primetime specials and investigations and was promoted shortly thereafter to executive producer of Nightline, a position he held until 2011.
Before joining ABC News, Goldston led Britain’s most watched current affairs program, ITV1's Tonight with Trevor McDonald, from 2002 to 2004.
A graduate of Jesus College, Oxford University, Goldston began his career in television as a producer for several BBC News programs, including Newsnight, the network's nightly news analysis show, as well as BBC's flagship current affairs program, Panorama.