July 13, 1996 |
John Chancellor, the venerated stalwart of NBC television news for 43 years who intoned the world's daily happenings from an anchor chair, then moved on to analyze and interpret events as the last network commentator, died Friday. He was 68. Chancellor, who had been ill with stomach cancer, died at his home in Princeton, N. J. "He was unique," former CBS News anchorman Walter Cronkite told CNN Friday night.
July 5, 1993 |
Mention the good old days of television news and you risk sounding as musty as a gnarled old man who sits on a park bench muttering to passersby that no one could hit a baseball quite like Ty Cobb. But here goes. No one could earn your respect quite like John Chancellor. Last week, Chancellor retired from NBC News, where he had been since 1950, except for a stint as Voice of America director in the Johnson Administration. That amounts to 43 years in the news business.
May 16, 1992 |
The grand era of commentary on nightly network TV news is long gone, but this week's NBC confirmation of John Chancellor's coming departure seemed to make it official. A significant field once populated by the likes of Eric Sevareid, Howard K. Smith, David Brinkley, Bill Moyers and Chancellor, it now is virtually deserted, robbing the Big Three networks of yet another arena that distinguished them from the pack.
May 15, 1992 |
John Chancellor, a mainstay at NBC News for more than 40 years, plans to retire sometime next year, the network confirmed Thursday. He turns 65 next month. The last of the commentators on any of the three major networks' nightly newscasts, Chancellor will continue appearing on "NBC Nightly News With Tom Brokaw" a few months beyond the presidential inauguration in January, a network spokeswoman said.
January 30, 1992 |
Chancellor McCobb was named after veteran television broadcaster John Chancellor. Perhaps that explains why the Cal Poly Pomona senior has become so adept at calmly handling and making sense of bad news. Like his namesake, Chancellor McCobb has a way of putting things into perspective. McCobb, for example, was disappointed when his transcripts from Ontario High sent once-attentive Division I basketball recruiters into hiding. McCobb refused to whine.
September 11, 1990 |
Chancellor's Back: John Chancellor, commentator for "NBC Nightly News," has recovered from heart surgery and will return to the program Wednesday, NBC announced Monday. Chancellor, 62, who underwent double-bypass surgery in late June, will make weekly appearances through September, an NBC spokeswoman said. Chancellor, who began working at NBC in 1950, will resume his normal schedule Oct. 2, with commentaries on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings.