CBS news presenter Dan Rather has announced he is to retire from the
channel's main evening news broadcast early next year (05).
The 73-year-old has presented the American network's nightly show for
almost a quarter of a century.
However, he's not planning to quit his trade altogether - he will continue
to work as a correspondent.
He says, "I have been lucky and blessed over these years to have what is,
to me, the best job in the world and to have it at CBS News."
The award-winning journalist made his name as a reporter covering
disgraced President RICHARD NIXON's White House, but recently came into
conflict with the George W Bush administration over a documentary suggesting
the leader had not fulfilled
his National Guard service during the Vietnam war.