ABC News’s president, James Goldston, is exiting as executive turnover in TV news continues.


The television news business will continue to change.

James Goldston, the president of ABC News, said Thursday that he would be leaving the network in late March. His exit comes weeks after Phil Griffin, longtime president of MSNBC, announced his own resignation and, as CNN president Jeffrey A. Zucker, decides whether to stay in his role.

No successor has been announced for Mr. Goldston. ABC News said it has begun a search for his replacement, led by Peter Rice, the powerful executive of the Walt Disney Company, whose portfolio includes ABC.

The television news has seen a resurgence – in terms of ratings and influence – under the Trump administration, and Mr Goldston, who became president of ABC News in 2014, ran a nightly newscast led by David Muir that consistently beat the competition. For the past year, ABC’s “World News Tonight” routinely ranked among the top rated television shows on all radio and cable television, hitting many entertainment and reality shows.

NBC News, one of ABC’s main competitors, is adapting to its own changes. Mr. Griffin is leaving MSNBC on February 1 and will be replaced by Rashida Jones, who oversaw news programming in various roles at MSNBC and NBC News. NBC News chairman Andrew Lack left the network last year. Cesar Conde, who ran NBCUniversal’s Spanish-speaking Telemundo network, is now responsible for the network’s news departments.

CNN’s Mr Zucker, whose contract runs this year, is likely to announce a final decision on his role soon, people informed of his thinking said. After tensions with his new boss Jason Kilar, the managing director of WarnerMedia, he considered leaving the 24-hour news channel.

But there are some signs that Mr. Zucker might stay longer. In the middle of a record-breaking series of ratings, CNN has dominated the cable news since election day, getting the largest viewership in its history. And after meeting key CNN anchors and executives, Mr. Kilar praised Mr. Zucker in interviews.



Robert Dunfee