November 17, 2005
ABC News to air Jennings’ last documentary
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Four months after his death from
lung cancer, ABC will broadcast the last news documentary
reported by veteran anchor Peter Jennings -- an hour-long study
of America's health-care system, the network said on Thursday.
The documentary is set to air on December 15, with Jennings
appearing on camera in interview segments for the piece, most
of them conducted months before learning he had cancer,
executive producer Peter Yellin said in a statement.
The Canadian-born newsman, who had anchored ABC's "World
News Tonight" since 1983, died on August 7 at age 67, about
four months after announcing he was beginning chemotherapy for
Jennings, who made more than 60 prime-time documentaries
during his career, had planned the piece to be the first of a
series exploring problems in the U.S. health-care system, "a
subject he believed was critical to all Americans," Yellin
The broadcast was written and edited while he underwent
treatment for his illness. "Peter's voice was not strong enough
to narrate the program, but, as you will see, it is still very
much Peter Jennings' reporting," Yellin said.
The documentary, titled "Peter Jennings Reporting:
Breakdown -- America's Health Insurance Crisis," will open with
a special introduction by Charles Gibson, one of the "World
News Tonight" fill-in anchors mentioned as candidates to
replace Jennings permanently.
An ABC News spokeswoman said a narrator for the piece had
not been chosen. ABC is a unit of Walt Disney Co..