Julian Goodman, the former NBC president, has died. He first joined the network in 1945, and worked the nightly news desk. He eventually became executive vice president of NBC News at the time Chet Huntley and David Brinkley were competitors to Walter Cronkite on CBS. JULIAN GOODMAN ->
He was promoted to Network President, and served in that capacity from 1966 – 1974. His influence was immediately felt. Goodman gave Johnny Carson a long-term contract to stay on the Tonight Show; and broadcast American Football League football games, which led to the eventual creation of a Super Bowl between the leagues.
His political leanings motivated the Nixon administration to add the television executive to their White House Enemies List. The New York Times confirmed this unfortunate decision in a 1973 article. He retired as NBC’s chairman of the board in 1979.
JULIAN GOODMAN with PRESIDENTS FORD, JOHNSON, and NIXON
Julian Goodman was 90.
Until next time> “never forget”