ABC Names New Nightline EP: Goldston To Take Over For Bettag

By Brian 

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James Goldston will take over the reigns of ABC’s Nightline when executive producer Tom Bettag departs at the end of the year.

Goldston joined ABC News last year as a senior producer of primetime specials and investigative reports, after serving as the executive producer of Britain’s most-watched current affairs program, ITV1’s “Tonight with Trevor McDonald.”

He will “oversee production and editorial content of the program and assume management of Nightline’s Washington, DC and New York City based offices,” the press release says.

“James is a talented and experienced producer with deep roots in daily and documentary news,” ABC News president David Westin says. “His admiration and respect for Nightline’s rich history and tradition coupled with his strong journalistic background makes James the ideal producer to lead Nightline into the future.”

Goldston’s biography is after the jump…

Quoting the press release:

Prior to joining ABC News in 2004, Mr. Goldston was the executive producer of Britain’s most watched current affairs program, ITV1’s Tonight with Trevor McDonald from 2002 – 2004. There, he produced a series of celebrated documentaries, including Millionaire — A Major Fraud, Britain’s most watched documentary for nearly 10 years; Shock and Awe — Tonight’s award-winning coverage of the Iraq War anchored from Kuwait and Baghdad, and Living with Michael Jackson. From 1999 — 2001, he was a senior producer of several award-winning interviews and investigations for Tonight.

The Royal Television Society has awarded Mr. Goldston and Tonight the prestigious Program of the Year award three times in five years.

Mr. Goldston was a producer for several BBC News programs, including Newsnight, the network’s nightly news analysis show and a “Nightline” descendant. There he was responsible for daily coverage of several international stories, including the Kosovo War, the Good Friday peace agreement, and President Clinton’s impeachment. He has produced for the BBC’s flagship current affairs program, Panorama and The Money Program.

Mr. Goldston joined ABC News last year as a senior producer of primetime specials and investigative reports, including ABC’s world exclusive investigation into Victor Conte, the figure at the center of the Balco steroids sports scandal.

Mr. Goldston is a graduate of Jesus College, Oxford University.