Brian Williams has reached an agreement with NBC which will keep at the network — however, he will not be returning to his anchor chair at ‘NBC Nightly News,’ a new report says.
After Brian Williams, 55, was under investigation for factual misrepresentation, NBC has reportedly reached a decision to keep him at the network, but not at NBC Nightly News. This report ends speculation that NBC would cut Brian loose after his six-month suspension ends in August.
Brian and NBC have reached a tentative agreement to keep him at the network, though his new role at NBC is unknown, CNN reports. “No one knows anything,” an anchor at the network told the outlet. However, that could change soon, as NBC will likely make an announcement about Brian’s future at the network on June 18. Given that the network is owned by Comcast, it seems like there are a ton of possibilities for Brian’s future at NBC. Lester Holt will reportedly take over Nightly News.
Brian was a seasoned anchor on NBC News for 22 years, but was put on probation as NBC Nightly News’ chief anchor and managing editor in mid-February. The controversy surrounding Brian began when he misremembered information during a Jan. 30 broadcast during his Nightly News segment. During the segment, he falsely claimed that his helicopter was hit by a grenade in March 2003 as he covered the Iraq War.
Weeks after this claim, other stories he told were questioned about his experiences in the Iraq War. Another instance in question was his reporting about his experiences covering Israel’s military action against Hezbollah in Lebanon. In fact, it was reported that during his time as the Nightly News anchor, he lied 11 times.
We’ll just have to wait and see what Brian’s future at NBC holds, but there’s speculation he will go to NBC’s cable network, MSNBC, in hopes of bringing up its ratings.
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— Julianne Ishler