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RPT-UPDATE 2-ABC News names Godwin as president

Wed 14th April, 2021 10:24pm
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    By Helen Coster
    April 14 (Reuters) - CBS News executive Kimberly Godwin has
been named president of Walt Disney Co's  DIS.N  ABC News, the
media company said on Wednesday, becoming the first Black woman
to lead the news division of a major broadcast television
network.
    Godwin will join ABC News in early May, replacing James
Goldston. 
    In July, ABC News fired senior executive Barbara Fedida
after an independent investigation alleged she had made racially
insensitive comments and used inappropriate language, according
to a company email.
    Fedida, the network’s former senior vice president for
talent, editorial strategy and business affairs, denied the
allegations when they surfaced in media reports in June,
describing them as “incredibly misleading.” 
    Godwin's hiring comes amid several big leadership changes in
television news. In February AT&T Inc's  T.N  CNN said its
president, Jeff Zucker, would leave the cable news network at
the end of 2021. Rashida Jones took the helm of Comcast
Corp-owned  CMCSA.O  MSNBC in February, becoming the first Black
woman to lead a cable news network.
    And CBS is expected to announce shortly a successor for
President Susan Zirinsky, who is leaving to pursue a production
deal at parent company ViacomCBS  VIAC.O .    


 (Reporting by Helen Coster in New York and Munsif Vengattil in
Bengaluru
Editing by Leslie Adler and Matthew Lewis)
 ((helen.coster@thomsonreuters.com; Twitter: @hcoster))
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