ABC News has named a Brit to replace outgoing president Ben Sherwood. Writing in The New York Times, Bill Carter reports that the appointment of James Goldston to the post means two out three broadcast network news divisions will be led by British journalists.
NBC News tapped Deborah Turness, the former editor of the U.K.’s ITV News, as its president last year. Goldston served as Sherwood’s top deputy at ABC News and his appointment was expected, Carter notes.
The switch at ABC News comes after ABC promoted Sherwood last month to the position of ABC/Disney Television Group president, where he will succeed Anne Sweeney. Goldston is credited with reviving both “Nightline” and “Good Morning America” at ABC News.
“Like Ms. Turness, Mr. Goldston previously worked at the ITV network in Britain. He came to ABC News in 2004 after a stint as executive producer of one of that country’s most popular news programs, ‘Tonight With Trevor McDonald’ on ITV,” Carter writes.