The former head of ABC News laments that scandals like the one at NBC undermine trust in the news industry. "Every time this happens, it takes away a little of the credibility of everybody in the news business," he says.
In a Big Think interview, David Westin, who ran ABC News for 14 years, laid out the steps that NBC needs to take to keep Brian Williams at the anchor desk and recover from Choppergate.
David Westin is anchor of Bloomberg Daybreak Americas on Bloomberg Television. Previously he was an anchor on Bloomberg GO which Daybreak replaced. From 2014-2015, he was Principal of Witherbee Holdings, LLC, advising and investing in media companies. He was the President and CEO of NewsRight from 2011 to 2012. Before that, he was president of ABC News (from March 6, 1997 through December 3, 2010), responsible for all aspects of ABC News’ television broadcasts, including World News with Diane Sawyer, Nightline, Good Morning America, 20/20, Primetime, This Week with Christiane Amanpour, and World News Now, and ABC News Radio. During his tenure, ABC News received eleven George Foster Peabody Awards, 13 Alfred I DuPont Awards, four George Polk Awards, more than 40 News and Documentary Emmys, and more than 40 Edward R. Murrow Awards.