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)

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  • 2020 Variety500 Honoree
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ABC News Head James Goldston on Layoffs: 'Necessary as We Adapt to Changes in Our Business'

ABC News Head James Goldston on Layoffs: 'Necessary as We Adapt to Changes in Our Business'

ABC News is laying off staffers amid a broader reorganization at parent company Walt Disney, one that impacts a low single-digit percentage of the news division's 1,400 staffers, according to a source familiar with the situation.In a memo to employees sent Thursday evening, ABC News president James Goldston said that the personnel reductions were "necessary" as the company adapts to changes in the business and its organizational structure. Those who have been let go will end their tenures at ABC...


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