Julian Goodman

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Julian Goodman
Born (1922-05-01)May 1, 1922
Glasgow, Kentucky
Died July 2, 2012(2012-07-02) (aged 90)
Juno Beach, Florida

Julian Goodman (May 1, 1922 – July 2, 2012) was an American broadcasting executive and journalist.[1][2]


He was born in Glasgow, Kentucky. Goodman took a hard stance in support of the first amendment.[2]


Goodman was known for never asking for a raise or promotion. He started his career as a reporter working $3 a week for The Glasgow Daily Times. He then served in the US Army. After serving in the Army, he moved to Washington. Here he met William McAndrew and was given a job for the night news desk. He served as president of NBC from 1966 to 1974. Goodman helped establish Chet Huntley and David Brinkley as a well-known news team and led the network from 1966 to 1974. While working for NBC, he negotiated a $1 million deal to retain Johnny Carson as host of The Tonight Show. He also spent some time attempting to put an end to the Fairness Doctrine.[2]

Goodman was included on the master list of Nixon political opponents.[2] He was also a member of the Peabody Awards Board of Jurors from 1986 to 1992.[3]


Goodman was married to his wife Betty Davis, who was also from Kentucky. Together they had four children, John, Jeffrey, Gregory, and Julie, along with six grandchildren.[2]


Goodman died on July 2, 2012 at his home in Juno Beach, Florida at the age of 90. The cause of his death was from kidney failure.[2]



  1. ^ Carter, Bill (July 2, 2012). "Julian Goodman Dies at 90; Led NBC". New York Times. Retrieved October 24, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Carter, Bill. "Julian Goodman Dies at 90 - Led NBC". Retrieved 2 May 2013. 
  3. ^ http://www.peabodyawards.com/stories/story/george-foster-peabody-awards-board-members
  4. ^ "Paul White Award". Radio Television Digital News Association. Retrieved 2014-05-27. 


  • Staff report (June 28, 1973). Lists of White House 'Enemies' and Memorandums Relating to Those Named. The New York Times