Wednesday, 17 June 2015

NBC PLANS TO LET BRIAN WILLIAMS STAY, BUT NOT AS NEWS ANCHOR


NBC is planning to announce on Thursday that Brian Williams will not return to his position as the anchor of its “Nightly News” show, four months after the network suspended him for exaggerating his role in a helicopter incident in Iraq, according to two people briefed on the discussions.
Mr. Williams is expected to move to a new role primarily at the cable news network MSNBC, probably in a breaking-news capacity in the beginning, according to one of the people.
Lester Holt, who has been filling in for Mr. Williams as anchor, will take on the position permanently, one person said.
NBC could not be reached for comment. Mr. William’s lawyer, Robert Barnett, declined to comment. News of the decision was first reported by               
The new role is a humbling comedown for Mr. Williams, who before the controversy was one of the countries most prominent and respected broadcast journalists.

Until early February, Mr. Williams, 56, was riding high as the No. 1 nightly news anchor, drawing close to 10 million viewers a night. His popularity extended beyond the anchor’s chair; with a quick wit and engaging manner, he was a coveted speaker at dinners and panels, and a frequent celebrity guest on entertainment shows.
But on his newscast on Feb. 4, Mr. Williams admitted that he had embellished his account of being on a helicopter that was hit by enemy fire in 2003, and apologized to viewers. The response put him and NBC on the defensive; military veterans took him to task, and media commentators and viewers claimed he had lost the trust so critical to a network news anchor. On Feb. 10, Mr. Williams was suspended for six months without pay.

Henry J Williams

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