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Finally, Brian Gets His Chance

July 21, 2006 5:48 PM

In a departure from the weighty, serious clip packages thrown up at the other network news sessions, NBC’s clip reel for news anchor Brian Williams at his Press Tour session Friday morning featured his appearances on a number of late-night talk shows, including the über-cool “The Daily Show.”

One critic wanted to know why NBC went for laughs when ABC and CBS went for gravitas.

Williams passed on an answer to that one, but he jumped right into the debate about his new competition on ABC and CBS.

“A rising tide raises all boats,” he said. “Some of you have written the obituaries of the time slot I occupy.”

But the broadcast evening news shows are the “largest single source of news everyday” for Americans, he added.

When asked if he had any advice for his former colleague and future rival Katie Couric, Williams wasn’t playing ball.

“That was an admirable try on your part,” he told the critic.

In describing what it was like writing his blog, Williams said, “It’s like having a daily deadline at a local paper,” he said, admitting, “it’s not a deadline I was looking for every day.”

Join the club, Williams.


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