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‘Today’ Co-Anchor Steps Up to ‘NBC Nightly News’ in Emergency

Mar 2, 2015  •  Post A Comment

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.”

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5 Comments

  1. Hope all is well with Lester’s family and he’s back in the anchor chair soon. I love Lester, he’s the consummate professional and seems to be a really nice man.

  2. Lester Holt is the clear choice for The NBC anchor slot. I hope that his leave is short and that his family emergency is not serious. God bless and keep you Lester and the NBC News Department.

  3. Should’ve asked Ann Curry. She rocked that chair when she filled in.

  4. This reeks worse than the stench emminating from Ann Curry’s……kitchen. The show drops slightly in the demo and then they usher Lester out to take a breather during mid-season to try out the next Katie Couric on the evening news. You know, T & A always sells…Was NBC using Lester Holt for Sweeps because he was a guaranteed draw? Hmmmmmm…..

  5. If Savannah succeeds during her trial, what will Today do? People are already so tired of Matt and Roker, she was the one personality that had spiced it up a bit. Replacing her on Today will be harder than finding a replacement for Williams.

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