James Goldston is changing executive producer jobs at ABC News, moving from Nightline to Good Morning America. Goldston is the former BBC producer who oversaw the turnaround of ABC's Nightline in 2005, when it looked like the show might be headed for extinction. Now Nightline is often the most watched-show in late night. Can he bring the same touch to Good Morning America, which has been in the ratings shadow of NBC's Today for the past 15 years?
TV Guide Magazine: You successfully led the re-making of Nightline, a TV news institution that people said could not be changed or revived. How much can you really reinvent Good Morning America?
Goldston: I don't think it needs reinvention. I think [outgoing executive producer] Jim Murphy has done an excellent job of vetting the new anchor team. The [ratings] gap is already closing. I think it's a matter of building on the strength of what's already there. GMA is in a strong second place. Nightline was in a rather weak third place. It's a much better starting point. It's already immensely successful by every measure.
TV Guide Magazine: At Nightline, you brought greater efficiencies to the way segments are produced. Is that coming to GMA?
Goldston: I think a lot of the things we started at Nightline have spread across the news division. We've headed in that direction already. We're always looking at how to make these shows more efficient using more technology.
TV Guide Magazine: How many alarm clocks are you going to need?
Goldston: I might need a couple.