NEW YORK — Former NBC President Julian Goodman, who helped establish Chet Huntley and David Brinkley as a well-known news team and led the network from 1966 to 1974, died Monday. He was 90.
Goodman died in Juno Beach, Fla., where he lived after retiring as chairman of NBC’s board in 1979, according to NBC.
Goodman joined the network at the night news desk in Washington in 1945.
As network president, he later gave Johnny Carson a long-term contract to stay on the “Tonight” show and helped make the American Football League a force by broadcasting the upstart league. NBC televised the 1969 Super Bowl, in which the New York Jets beat the highly favored Baltimore Colts. Goodman was also at the helm during an infamous football incident: when NBC switched to the movie “Heidi” in 1968 and missed an exciting finish to a Jets-Raiders game.