ABC reportedly has lured a CBS exec to lead its news division
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If the appointment goes through, Godwin would be the first Black woman to lead a broadcast network news division.
Godwin, who has worked at CBS since 2007, would succeed James Goldston, who left the Disney owned network last month. CBS reportedly had Godwin under contract but agreed to released her for the top job at its rival.
Neither CBS, Disney, ABC or Godwin would comment.
Godwin, who is currently manages content at CBS News, would take over ABC News at a key time for its culture after it was rattled by accusations of racist language by Barbara Fedida forced her out at ABC.
ABC News is at the top of its game in most of dayparts — including “Good Morning America” edging out NBC’s “Today” and “ABC World News Tonight” beating “NBC Nightly News.” Both NBC shows had long runs at the top of the ratings.
CBS’s evening and morning newscasts, meanwhile, continue to languish in third place — though trends have shown some growth for the network.
Godwin’s appointment would mean that four females now head up broadcast and cable news operations — with Fox’s Suzanne Scott leading the network’s right leading commentary network and Rashida Jones recently taking over at MSNBC (Jones is also Black).
Godwin’s likely former network is headed by Susan Zirinsky, who became the first female to lead a broadcast news division in 2019.
Meanwhile, the industry grapevine is heating up with rumblings that Zirinsky may be on her way out.
Some sources say that CBS execs feel she’s been effective, especially with her decisions to revamp “CBS Evening News” with anchor Norah O’Donnell in Washington and a revised team on “CBS This Morning” not making significant headway in the ratings (with the exception of some wins for the network thanks to Oprah Winfrey’s interview with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle).