Hugh Downs, an omnipresence of 20th-century American tv who as soon as held the report for many hours logged on-air, died Wednesday at his house in Scottsdale, Ariz.
He was 99 and died of a coronary heart ailment, in response to a household spokeswoman.
Throughout a profession lasting greater than 50 years, Mr. Downs held myriad positions together with information anchor, game-show host and late-night tv sidekick. His attractiveness and calm demeanor made him a comforting presence.
Mr. Downs might be finest recognized for his time as an anchor of NBC’s morning present “At the moment” from 1962 to 1971. He additionally anchored the long-running ABC Information journal program “20/20” from 1978 till his retirement in 1999. For many of that run, his co-anchor was one other information legend—Barbara Walters. He additionally hosted the sport present “Focus” from 1958 to 1969.