ABC Still in Search of Anchor

Aug 15, 2005  •  Post A Comment

Even as ABC suffered through an emotional wake following the death of Peter Jennings, speculation continued about who might take his anchor chair.

The front-runners remain the same as first speculated shortly after Mr. Jennings revealed in the spring that he was undergoing chemotherapy for lung cancer.

Still widely regarded as the most appealing candidate is “Good Morning America” co-anchor Charlie Gibson. His chief drawback remains his importance to the highly profitable morning show, which continues to breathe down the neck of NBC’s top-rated “Today” show in the ratings. Mr. Gibson was a frequent substitute anchor on “World News” in Mr. Jennings’ absence, as was “20/20” co-anchor Elizabeth Vargas. But it was to Mr. Gibson that ABC turned during big news stories, such as the London bombings.

Another attractive candidate is correspondent Bob Woodruff, who also has been a “World News” substitute.