James Goldston
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During the pandemic, ABC News has moved aggressively, switching “Nightline” to an earlier slot to reach more viewers while reworking an early-afternoon hour previously devoted to lighter subjects, and ABC’s “World News Tonight” has become one of TV’s most watched programs throughout COVID-19. This year was not without turbulence, however, as his department ousted controversial top exec Barbara Fedida. Goldston was named president of the Disney-owned division in April 2014 after being its SVP of content and development. He first joined in 2004 as a senior producer of primetime specials and investigative reports and exec produced Britain’s “Tonight With Trevor McDonald” on ITV before then.


  • BBC
  • ITV
  • ABC News


  • Cardiff School of Journalism (UK)
  • University of Oxford (UK)

Variety Honors

  • 2020 Variety500 Honoree
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Disney Continues Pursuit of New ABC News Chief

Disney Continues Pursuit of New ABC News Chief

Disney’s search for a new leader for ABC News continues weeks after the company unexpectedly disclosed the former president, James Goldston, would leave the post.Goldston’s last day came at the end of March and the company has yet to hone in on a candidate to replace him, according to four people familiar with parts of the search process. When ABC News heads like David Westin or Ben Sherwood left in years past, Disney identified a successor. That hasn’t been the...


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