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US TV news legend Cronkite dies


The man who broadcast the news

The former US TV news anchor Walter Cronkite, known to millions as "the most trusted man in America", has died at the age of 92.

An executive for CBS News said Mr Cronkite died at his New York home with his family at his side.

He was reported to have been ill for some time.

Mr Cronkite presented the evening news programme for CBS from 1962 to 1981, helping the programme to become the most watched bulletin in the US.

His career covered such major global events as the assassination of US President John F Kennedy, the Moon landing, Watergate, former President Richard Nixon's resignation and the fall of Saigon.

In 1972, he was deemed by a poll of the US public to be, "the most trusted man in America", beating presidents, members of congress and other journalists.

He invited us to believe in him, and he never let us down
Barack Obama

He would end his broadcasts with his signature sign-off: "That's the way it is."

Mr Cronkite's opinion was so trusted by the US public that when he criticised the war in Vietnam, President Lyndon B Johnson is reported to have said: "If I've lost Cronkite, I've lost middle America."

Linda Mason, the vice-president of CBS, said Mr Cronkite had died at 1942 local time (2342 GMT) on Friday after a long illness.

US President Barack Obama said Mr Cronkite had been "a voice of certainty in an uncertain world", and had set the standard by which all other news professionals were judged.

"He invited us to believe in him, and he never let us down," he said.

"This country has lost an icon and a dear friend, and he will be truly missed."

CBS News and Sports President Sean McManus said in a statement that Mr Cronkite had "guided America through our crises, tragedies and also our victories and greatest moments".

"It is impossible to imagine CBS News, journalism or indeed America without Walter Cronkite," he said.

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