ABC News Turmoil Deepens As Outlet’s President Angers Her Disney Bosses

ABC News President Kim Godwin hasn’t even been on the job for six months, but she has already infuriated her bosses over at Disney. When Godwin called for an independent, third-party probe into how allegations of sexual assault against former GMA boss Michael Corn were handled (allegations Corn denies), Disney General Entertainment Content Chairman Peter Rice was angered. Also upset with Godwin: Disney General Counsel and EVP Alan Braverman. Godwin said Wednesday ABC News will be adding to its HR team for GMA and its Washington bureau.

Kim Godwin Walks Tricky Terrain in Early Days At ABC News

Godwin had expected to push ABC News’ burgeoning streaming business and enjoy some of the things ABC could offer that CBS News could not, such as the nation’s most-watched evening and morning news programs, World News Tonight and Good Morning America. But a lawsuit filed last week alleging that form GMA executive producer Michael Corn sexually assaulted two different ABC News staffers during his tenure and that ABC knew about the claims for some time has set off a different sort of news cycle of which the new president may not be in full control.

ABC News President Calls For Independent Investigation Of Sexual Assault Allegations

ABC News President Kim Godwin told staffers on a conference call Thursday that she has requested an independent investigation into how the network handled allegations of sexual assault against the former executive producer of Good Morning America. The comments came a day after a lawsuit was filed that alleged the producer, Michael Corn, sexually assaulted a current ABC News staffer and a former staffer in separate incidents.

CBS News Veteran Kim Godwin Poised To Lead ABC News

CBS News veteran Kim Godwin is expected to become the next president of ABC News, a move that would make her the first Black executive to lead a broadcast-network news division in the U.S. Godwin has had an offer from Disney’s ABC for several weeks, according to a person familiar with the matter, but only in the last few days did CBS CEO George Cheeks agree to let the executive out of her contract.

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