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ABC News veteran Peter Jennings dies at 67

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MUMBAI: US broadcaster ABC News' veteran anchor, Peter Jennings, has died at age 67. He had announced in April that he was suffering from lung cancer.

The Canadian-born broadcaster died at his home in New York on Sunday. He had worked with the ABC network since 1964, after coming south from Canada where he had started his journalistic career. Media reports indicate he anchored World News for over two decades. Jennings established the first American television news bureau in the Arab world in 1968, serving as ABC News' bureau chief for Beirut for seven years. He had a major role in the network's coverage of the Summer Olympics in Munich, when Israeli athletes were taken hostage.

After the events of 9/11 four years ago, Jennings anchored ABC broadcasts for more than 60 hours. The coverage garnered awards and critical acclaim. TV Guide called him "the centre of gravity." Like his competitors, Dan Rather at NBC and Tom Brokaw at CBS, he became an itinerant figure, jumping around the globe and the country from the scene of one major story to the next. On screen, he exuded calm and authority which was enriched by a certain elegance and the driest sense of humor on occasion.

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