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More Peter Jennings news

By RD Heldenfels Published: August 15, 2005

First, there's this from ABC today:


Beginning today, August 15, ABC News’ evening news broadcast will be titled "ABC’s World News Tonight." Formerly it was "ABC’s World News Tonight with Peter Jennings." Mr. Jennings passed away on August 7th.


ABC News President David Westin issued an internal memo throughout the News division which read in part:


"Last week was an emotional week for all of us. The tributes celebrating Peter’s life and career have served to remind each of us of the powerful legacy he leaves behind… After consulting with [Peter’s wife] Kayce and the family, we concluded that leaving the broadcast’s title as it was through last Friday was an appropriate tribute to Peter. But, of all people, Peter insisted on accuracy. As much as we would have it otherwise, from now on ‘World News Tonight with Peter Jennings’ will be known simply as ‘World News Tonight.’"


Mr. Westin continued: "The unrelenting standards, the demanding focus on covering the news from around the world, and the unwavering commitment to fairness that were the hallmarks of Peter’s career remain the core values of ‘World News Tonight’… For all of us who had the honor and privilege of working with him, I know we will always do our jobs with Peter Jennings firmly in mind."


And then this, on the DVD front:


As a lasting tribute to the accomplishments of one of the finest news reporters of the 20th Century, Anchor Bay Entertainment proudly announces the Tuesday, October 18 release of The Peter Jennings Collection on DVD, priced with a SRP of $24.98.

The Peter Jennings Collection presents six acclaimed primetime investigative documentaries hosted by Mr. Jennings and examining some of the burning issues facing the world today. All six full-length specials aired in the past two years on the ABC Network, Jennings’ home for over 41 years. Jennings served as prime-time anchorman and senior editor of “World News Tonight” since 1983.

Unseen since their first network airings, the six explosive documentaries presented in The Peter Jennings Collection DVD include:

No Place to Hide (Aired 01/25/05) – In a post 9/11 world, security surveillance can both save and destroy lives? Will America be forced to re-think all concepts of personal privacy?

From The Tobacco File (Aired 09/06/04) – The shocking true story of an industry under siege. But why has Congress still failed to regulate our country’s #1 killer?

Guantanamo (Aired 06/25/04) – A rare look inside the controversial U.S. prison camp. Is the military bending the rules in order to win the War On Terrorism?

LAPD (Aired 06/01/04) – A ride with one police division as they attempt to protect, serve and survive the most gang-infested neighborhoods in the nation.

Ecstasy Rising (Aired 04/01/04) – It remains one of the most widely used illegal drugs in America. What is it and why is our government willing to lie about its effects?

How to Get Fat Without Really Trying (Aired 12/08/03) – Nearly 2/3 of the U.S. population is overweight. Could the food industry and our own government be to blame?


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