Janice Johnston has been promoted to govt producer of ABC’s newsmagazine 20/20.
Johnston, who has been senior producer of the show, is barely the fourth particular person to steer the show as EP since its launch in 1978 (with authentic hosts Harold Hayes and Robert Hughes shortly changed by Hugh Downs).
Johnston will report back to David Sloan, senior govt producer of community primetime content material, who oversees the information division’s primetime programming.
In a memo to employees, ABC News President James Goldston wrote that Johnston has “been on the helm of crucial programming within the final 12 months, together with our two-hour broadcast on Vanessa Guillen and three breaking information specials on the COVID-19 pandemic. Janice additionally led two-hour 20/20 occasions on John Lennon’s life, legacy and final days, the Yosemite Serial Killer and Robin Roberts’ interviews with three girls kidnapped and held captive in Cleveland for a decade.”
Johnston joined 20/20 in 2008, and earlier than that was supervising producer on Good Morning America for ten years. She began at ABC News as a community affiliate.
She additionally produced and directed primetime specials such because the city corridor The President and The People, Highwire Over Niagara Falls: LIVE, the CMA Awards In the Spotlight sequence, and documentaries on Dolly Parton, Bobby Brown and Luke Bryan.
20/20 went to a two-hour format two years in the past, and it’s anchored by Amy Robach and David Muir.