Lester Holt was called away this week from his role as fill-in for Brian Williams in the “NBC Nightly News” anchor’s chair. Variety reported Monday that “Today” co-anchor Savannah Guthrie would take over the program Monday night as Holt deals with a family medical emergency.
“Holt is expected to return to the program,” Variety reports. “He has taken the anchor chair of the nation’s most-watched evening-news broadcast since NBCUniversal suspended Brian Williams for six months in the wake of his admission that he falsified details about a 2003 NBC News excursion to Iraq in which he took part.”
The NBC program continues to lead evening news broadcasts in total viewers, the report notes, although ABC’s “World News” recently won the key news demo of viewers 25-54 for the five-day periord from Feb. 16-20.
Guthrie has filled in previously for Williams on “NBC Nightly News.”