James Goldston to lead ‘GMA’

Producer shifted over from ABC's 'Nightline'

In his first major decision as head of the news division, ABC’s Ben Sherwood has moved “Nightline” exec producer James Goldston to “Good Morning America” following the departure of predecessor Jim Murphy to Anderson Cooper’s upcoming syndie show.

“I’ve got a lot of people to talk to,” Goldston told Variety. “I have a broad vision for the show — I want every morning to feel like an event.”

Goldston said his job would initially consist of “continuing the already excellent work” begun by Murphy, who has led the program to higher ratings and started to close the gap with “Today,” NBC’s perennial No. 1. At “Nightline,” Goldston worked closely with Jeanmarie Condon; at “GMA,” he’ll partner with Tom Cibrowski, who continues as exec producer.

The two are starting off big — Goldston’s first task was the weekend’s Oscar coverage. Murphy will remain at the program to smooth the transition into mid-March.

Goldston admitted that he’ll miss “Nightline.” “It was really the most thrilling experience of my professional life and I’ll be very lucky if this one can exceed it,” he said.

Meanwhile, Condon has stepped up to take charge of “Nightline.” “We’ve given (“Nightline”) a sensibility that’s very appealing to people,” said Condon, “and I think that’s because James and I share a sensibility.” Condon said that she recognizes the need, as boss, to nurture similar professional relationships with the “Nightline” team. “James and I had such a unique relationship that I do understand that I need a ‘me,'” she said.

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