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Emmys pay tribute to news anchors

Sept. 18, 2005 at 11:29 PM

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- Three stalwarts of network TV news were honored during the 57th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Los Angeles Shrine Auditorium Sunday night.

Actor Alan Alda called retired news anchors Tom Brokaw of NBC and Dan Rather of CBS and the late Peter Jennings of ABC "the electronic Mount Rushmore on our journalistic landscape."

Rather and Brokaw received the longest and loudest ovation of the night when they took the stage to pay tribute to Jennings, who died of lung cancer Aug. 7 at 67.

Although the three were network ratings competitors, "we were bound together by a shared devotion to be reporters first," Brokaw said.

Brokaw then quoted Jennings, who once said: "Yes we are friends, but probably because we don't see each other much."

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