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ABC News has named James Goldston as Ben Sherwood's successor

By Gina DiFalco,

ABC News has named James Goldston as their new president, replacing Ben Sherwood, who was promoted to co-president of the ABC/Disney Television Group.

Goldston, who was widely believed to take on the role before the Thursday announcement, told TheWrap there will be “continuity” when he takes his new post at the network.

As Sherwood’s top lieutenant at ABC News, Goldston has been championed with reviving both Nightline and Good Morning America.

Sherwood said in a statement to his staff on Thursday that Goldston has helped “steer ABC News in moments of triumph and adversity,” NY Times reports.

Meanwhile, Sherwood will replace Anne Sweeney at his new post when he’s appointed in February. He told TheWrap of the future of ABC News, “I always have exhorted the team to play like were half a million behind. I much prefer the sensibility that we're the underdogs. We need to play like underdogs, we need to worry like underdogs, we need to constantly be vigilant like underdogs and we need to try harder like underdogs.”

With Goldston’s appointment to head of ABC, two out of the three major news divisions will be led by Brits. Former editor of Britain’s ITV, Deborah Turness, was named President of NBC back in August.

 

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