ABC News appointed two new executive producers for "Good Morning America" and "Nightline" on Friday, filling the gap left by "Good Morning America" executive producer Jim Murphy, who is leaving to run Anderson Cooper's new daytime talk show.
James Goldston, who was the executive producer of "Nightline," was named senior EP of "GMA," replacing Murphy. Jeanmarie Condon, Goldston's chief deputy, was promoted to "Nightline" EP.
Under Goldston, "Nightline," which once seemed perpetually destined for the chopping block, adopted a more populist tone and switched to a multi-anchor format. In the process, it steadily rose in the ratings, and now regularly beats its talk show rivals.
As the New York Times' Bill Carter points out, ABC is likely hoping that Goldston can make ratings lightning strike twice as he takes on the network's white whale, the "Today" show.
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