The chances that Brian Williams will return to the anchor chair on “NBC Nightly News” are fading, according to a new report by the Los Angeles Times.
The report follows word that the network’s internal investigation into Williams’ alleged misstatements had expanded to include an incident stemming from the Arab Spring in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, as we reported Monday.
The L.A. Times report indicates that any decision on Williams’ fate is at least five weeks away.
“Speculation that Williams is a goner heated up last weekend after several reports based on unnamed sources said NBC’s review found numerous situations in which the anchor publicly embellished statements about his reporting,” the Times reports. “Some competitors even suggested that NBC was behind the leaks as a pressure tactic to get Williams to resign and let the network reduce or get out of its contractual obligation to pay him more than $50 million over the next five years.”
The report cites unnamed sources saying new NBC News Chairman Andy Lack is prepared to take his time to make a decision, and adds that Lack has not abandoned hopes of a return for Williams.
Said one source quoted in the story: “If there is a path back, he is going to want to find it.”
For more details, please click on the link at the top of this story to the Times’ in-depth report.