NBC News Chairman Not Convinced Brian Williams Can Return

Brian Williams ( AP Images/Invision)
Brian Williams ( AP Images/Invision)

Because of their history, says one source, Lack may actually be “a tough hurdle” for Williams to clear.

When Andy Lack was named chairman of NBC News in March, many assumed he would immediately get to work reinstating exiled Nightly News anchor Brian Williams. During his first stint at NBC News, Lack oversaw the transition from Tom Brokaw to Williams and has maintained a friendship with the suspended anchor. But sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that Lack has not made a decision about the Williams’ fate.

“He’s going to be a surprisingly tough hurdle for Brian to clear,” says one person familiar with Lack’s thinking. “He’s not going to bring him back unless, one, the facts allow; two, Brian is able to express a satisfactory apology; and three, the organization can really get behind it.”

Lack has been very tough on Williams during multiple face-to-face meetings, say sources. But it’s unclear whether Williams has yet come to terms with the seriousness of the issues he’s created.

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SOURCE: Marisa Guthrie
The Hollywood Reporter

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