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US news anchor Tom Brokaw retires
Tom Brokaw
Brokaw has fronted NBC's Nightly News for 21 years
Tom Brokaw has retired as presenter of NBC's Nightly News, becoming the first of three longstanding news anchors in the US to bow out of TV news.

"We've been through a lot together," Brokaw, 64, told viewers at the end of his final broadcast on Wednesday.

"Whatever the story I had only one objective - to get it right."

Brokaw has presented the station's Nightly News programme for over 20 years and is credited with taking NBC to the top of news ratings.

He will be followed by Dan Rather, who announced last month that he was giving up his role as the face of CBS News early next year.

It leaves Peter Jennings of ABC's World News Tonight as the last of the triumvirate who ruled network news for more than 20 years.

Tom Brokaw (l) with CBS's Dan Rather
Rival anchor Dan Rather (r) retires from CBS news next March

"The enduring lessons through the decades are these: It's not the questions that get us in trouble, it's the answers," said Brokaw on Wednesday.

"And just as important, knowing no one person has all the answers," he added.

Brokaw began his career as a local reporter in Nebraska and went on to cover stories like the Watergate scandal, winning several Emmys along the way.

However, he remains most proud of his book The Greatest Generation, based on hundreds of letters and interviews with survivors of the D-Day landings in 1944.

Brokaw has signed a 10-year contract to stay with NBC as a documentary producer and presenter.

MSNBC WP: Brokaw's departure a turning point - 19 hrs ago
Denver Post Brokaw anchors final newscast - 25 hrs ago
Miami HeraldBrokaw says goodbye - 26 hrs ago
CNN Tom Brokaw signs off 'Nightly News' - 29 hrs ago
ABCNEWS.com Brokaw Signs Off From 'NBC Nightly News' - 29 hrs ago
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