Brian Williams to Stay at NBC, but Lester Holt Will be the Permanent ‘Nightly News’ Anchor

Brian Williams

Newsman Brian Williams has reportedly reached an agreement with NBC to remain at the network, but not at the “Nightly News” desk.

CNN reports the agreement “will keep Williams at the network after his six-month suspension ends in August,” a move that had been speculated about in recent weeks as the anchor’s suspension enters the final stretch.

Lester Holt, who replaced Williams on an interim basis after he was suspended in February will become the permanent “Nightly News” anchor.

Network executives cited by CNN say an official announcement about Williams’ future is forthcoming.

Williams’ representatives have apparently been in talks with the network about more than just what his next job will be. They’re also negotiating “where, when and how Williams will express regret for the storytelling exaggerations that led to his February suspension,” CNN reports.

So far, it’s unclear exactly what role the now-former news anchor will have.

Trust for Brian Williams completely crashed in the aftermath of his admission that he’d embellished reports that he was in a military helicopter forced down in the early days of the Iraq war. In the week following his confession, he’d gone from the 23rd most-trusted person in America, to the 835th, according to a New York Times report.


SOURCE: Business Insider – Bryan Logan

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