Julian Goodman

Julian Bryn Goodman
Born (1922-05-01)May 1, 1922
Died July 2, 2012(2012-07-02) (aged 90)

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


He was born in Glasgow, Kentucky and graduated from Glasgow High School. 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 attended Western Kentucky State Teachers College from 1939 to 1942 as an economics major but left in 1943 to join the United States Army. After serving in the Army, he moved to Washington. He graduated from George Washington University in 1948. 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". The New York Times. Retrieved October 24, 2012.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Carter, Bill (3 July 2012). "Julian Goodman Dies at 90 - Led NBC". The New York Times. 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

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