Peter Jennings diagnosed with lung cancer

The Houston Chronicle and AP are reporting the ABC World News Tonight anchor Peter Jennings has lung cancer.

Peter Jennings, sole anchor of ABC News since 1983, told colleagues and friends in an e-mail today that he has lung cancer.

“As you all know, this is a challenge,” Jennings wrote. “I begin chemo-therapy next week. I will continue to do the broadcast. There will be good days and bad, which means that some days I may be cranky and some days really cranky!”

“He will begin outpatient treatment next week here in New York,” said ABC News executive David Westin. “It’s both Peter’s and my expectation that he will anchor World News Tonight during the period of treatment to the extent he can do so comfortably; but, we should also expect him to be off the broadcast from time to time, depending on how he feels.”

Jennings, 66, has been feeling ill for the past several months and was replaced Saturday on coverage of the pope’s death by anchor Charles Woodruff. He last anchored World News Tonight on Friday.With the retirement of Brokaw, Rather, and soon Koppel, Jennings is the last of the network news titans on the air. Love him or hate him, I’m sure everyone wishes him a speedy (and complete) recovery.

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