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Veteran newsreader Jennings dies
Peter Jennings (file photo)
Peter Jennings presented ABC's World News Tonight programme
US TV news anchor Peter Jennings, who fronted ABC's flagship World News Tonight programme, has died at the age of 67.

Jennings, who announced that he was suffering from lung cancer in April, died at his home in New York.

The Canadian-born journalist has been described as one of the most powerful and influential on US television.

Ted Koppel, his friend and fellow ABC anchor, described Mr Jennings as a "warm and loving" man.

None of us will be the same without him
David Westin, ABC News president

Jennings , who became an anchor for ABC in 1965, was in Berlin for both the building and fall of the Berlin Wall - and hosted the World News Tonight programme since 1983.

ABC News president David Westin added: "Peter has been our colleague, our friend, and our leader in so many ways.

"None of us will be the same without him."

Veteran ABC newswoman Barbara Walters said: "No one could ad lib like Peter. Sometimes he drove me crazy because he knew so many details.

"He just died much too young."

He was a voice of calm and comfort during the September 11th attacks
Sarah, Seattle, USA

Born in Canada, Jennings retained his Canadian status until 2003, when he became a US citizen, while retaining his Canadian citizenship.

He began his career as a news reporter at a radio station in Ontario, and quickly landed an anchor job at Canadian Television.

In 1964 he was noticed by ABC's news president while he was covering the Democratic national convention, and was consequently offered a reporting job in New York.

He was made an anchor at the age of 26 but his inexperience showed through and he was taken off to become a foreign correspondent.

'Uphill struggle'

Peter Jennings in Moscow in 1986
Jennings' career took him all over the world

Jennings returned to the evening news in 1978 when ABC renamed its broadcast World News Tonight and employed a three-person anchor team: Frank Reynolds based in Washington, Max Robinson from Chicago and Jennings, from London.

Following Reynolds' death from cancer, Jennings became sole anchor in September 1983.

Jennings had not been on the air since 5 April when he told viewers he had lung cancer and needed time to fight the disease.

"He knew that it was an uphill struggle. But he faced it with realism, courage, and a firm hope that he would be one of the fortunate ones," Mr Westin added.

"In the end, he was not."

Highlights from the career of Peter Jennings

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