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Chet Huntley

  • Birthplace: Cardwell, Montana
  • Birthday: December 10
Date of passing: 
March 20, 1974

Chet Huntley was an American television newscaster, best known for co-anchoring NBC's evening news program, The Huntley-Brinkley Report, for 14 years beginning in 1956.

In 1956, NBC News executives were seeking to counter the growing popularity of CBS' Walter Cronkite, who had been a ratings success at the 1952 conventions. They decided to replace their current news anchor, John Cameron Swayze, but there was a disagreement on who the new anchorman should be. The two leading contenders were Huntley and David Brinkley. The eventual decision was to have both men share the assignment.

Chet Huntley was an American television newscaster, best known for co-anchoring NBC's evening news program, The Huntley-Brinkley Report, for 14 years beginning in 1956.

In 1956, NBC News executives were seeking to counter the growing popularity of CBS' Walter Cronkite, who had been a ratings success at the 1952 conventions. They decided to replace their current news anchor, John Cameron Swayze, but there was a disagreement on who the new anchorman should be. The two leading contenders were Huntley and David Brinkley. The eventual decision was to have both men share the assignment.

The Huntley-Brinkley Report began in October 1956 and was soon a ratings success. Huntley and Brinkley's catchphrase closing of "Good night, David" - "Good night, Chet... and good night for NBC News" was developed by the show's producer, Reuven Frank. Although both anchors initially disliked it, the sign-off became famous.

Huntley's last NBC News broadcast was aired on July 31, 1970.

Chet Huntley was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame with his broadcast partner David Brinkley in 1988.

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Chet Huntley

Photo credit: 
John Rooney/AP

AWARDS & NOMINATIONS

0 Wins3 Nominations

BEST NEWS COMMENTATOR OR ANALYST - 1959

  • Nominee
  • Chet Huntley, as
  • n/a
  • NBC

BEST NEWS COMMENTARY - 1958

  • Nominee
  • Chet Huntley, as
  • News
  • NBC

BEST NEWS COMMENTATOR - 1957

  • Nominee
  • Chet Huntley, as
  • n/a
  • NBC