Hugh Downs Dead at 99

Broadcasting legend Hugh Downs has died at the age of 99.


Downs was a broadcaster, TV host, news anchor, TV producer, author, game show host, and musician.  He was a regular television presence from the 1940s through the 1990s.  Downs served as announcer/sidekick for Tonight Starring Jack Paar from 1957 to 1962, co-host of the NBC News program Today from 1962 to 1971, host of the Concentration game show from 1958 to 1969, and anchor of the ABC News magazine 20/20 from 1978 to 1999.


A Downs family spokesperson told the local CBS affiliate on Thursday that the death was not related to the coronavirus pandemic.



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