James Goldston was named President of ABC News in April 2014. He oversees all aspects of the news division, including broadcast, digital and radio -- a combined audience that is unmatched in the US.
During Mr Goldston’s tenure, the network has responded rapidly to cover breaking news in Cuba, Syria, Iraq, Iran and Ukraine, the riots in Ferguson and terrorist attacks in Paris, Brussels, Nice, San Bernardino, London and Orlando. ABC News scored exclusive interviews with Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, Malala Yousafzai, Caitlyn Jenner, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Donald Trump, among many others, and hosted landmark town halls with President Barack Obama and Pope Francis.
Under his leadership ABC’s newscasts are delivering their most competitive seasons in years while expanding their reach on new digital networks. The Yahoo-ABC News Network reaches over 121 million people a month, and in the last year ABC News has delivered over 10 billion video views. ABC News has built on this success to launch new news products for over-the-top and social networks. The news division is widely recognized as a pioneer in live streaming and virtual reality, winning the first ever Edward R. Murrow Award for VR programming. Since 2014, ABC News has won three consecutive Murrow Awards for Overall Excellence in Television and Radio.
Previously, from March 2012, Mr Goldston served as Senior Vice President for Content and Development for ABC News. 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 this, he was the Senior Executive Producer of Good Morning America, from February 2011.
Mr Goldston joined ABC News in 2004 as a senior producer of primetime specials and investigative reports and was promoted shortly thereafter to Executive Producer of Nightline, a position he held until 2011. Under his leadership the program grew to become the number one late night show and won a string of awards including multiple Emmys and the prestigious Peabody award.
Before joining ABC News, Mr Goldston was the Executive Producer of Britain’s most-watched current affairs program, ITV’s Tonight with Trevor McDonald, from 2002 to 2004. He also produced a series of celebrated documentaries including “Shock and Awe”, Tonight’s award-winning coverage of the Iraq War, and the multi-award-winning “Living with Michael Jackson”.
Mr Goldston began his career in television as a producer for several BBC News programs. He is a graduate of Jesus College, Oxford University.