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No Rush to fill Jennings' seat

(Posted August 9, 2005 by Leah Yoakum)

DULLES, Virginia (Hollywood Reporter) -- As ABC staffers came to grips Monday with the death of the man who personified the network's news division, industry sources said that "Good Morning America" co-anchor Charlie Gibson was among the likely candidates to succeed Peter Jennings in the anchor chair at "World News Tonight."

An ABC News spokesman stressed that it would not name a new anchor for the broadcast for an indeterminate amount of time. Indeed, the news division was in a period of mourning Monday after the news of Jennings' passing broke late Sunday, when he died of inoperable lung cancer at his Manhattan home. He was 67. Jennings hadn't been on the air since the April 5 announcement of his illness.

Gibson and ABC News correspondent Elizabeth Vargas had been filling in for Jennings since then. That's still the plan for the time being, ABC News spokesman Jeffrey Schneider said.

Source: CNN News

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