James Goldston is new ABC News chief

Associated Press
FILE - This April 10, 2013 file photo released by The Hollywood Reporter shows James Goldston at The Hollywood Reporter Celebrates the 35 Most Powerful People in Media in New York. Goldston, who was ABC News President Ben Sherwood’s top deputy, has been appointed to succeed him as head of the television news organization. Sherwood is heading to California, recent promoted to co-president of the Disney/ABC Television Group. (AP Photo/The Hollywood Reporter, Charles Sykes)

NEW YORK (AP) — James Goldston, who was ABC News President Ben Sherwood's top deputy, has been appointed to succeed him as head of the television news organization.

Sherwood is heading to California, recently promoted to co-president of the Disney/ABC Television Group.

Goldston was a television executive in Britain when he joined ABC News in 2004. He was the chief producer of "Nightline" in the post-Ted Koppel era and in 2011 took charge at "Good Morning America" and helped that show move past "Today" to the top of the ratings. In 2012, he was promoted to senior vice president for content and development across the news division.