“NBC is planning to announce on Thursday that Brian Williams will not return to his position as the anchor of its ‘Nightly News’ show, four months after the network suspended him for exaggerating his role in a helicopter incident in Iraq, according to two people briefed on the discussions,” reports The New York Times.
Other media outlets were reporting the same news, also according to their sources.
The Times story continues, “Mr. Williams is expected to move to a new role primarily at the cable news network MSNBC, probably in a breaking-news capacity in the beginning, according to one of the people.”
Lester Holt, who has replaced Williams as the anchor of the “Nightly News” while Williams has been suspended, will continue in that anchor position, according to a number of reports this evening.
Reports CNN Money in its version of the story, “In recent days, Williams’ attorney Bob Barnett has been ensconced in meetings with top NBC executives. Among the topics on the table: where, when and how Williams will express regret for the storytelling exaggerations that led to his February suspension.”
The CNN story adds: “The decision — reached by NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke and new NBC News chair Andy Lack — will come as a relief to the people that have been rooting for Williams, but will also raise questions about what exactly NBC found in its internal investigation of the anchorman.”
Earlier this evening The Washington Post reported on “a clip reel that could be decisive in determining Williams’ status at the network.
“The video, produced by the team of NBC journalists assigned to review Williams’ statements in media appearances, makes a vivid case against the anchorman, according to people familiar with it, isolating a number of questionable statements Williams has made over several years.”