Brian Williams has a date for his return to the air at NBC News. After losing his job as anchor of NBC’s “Nightly News,” Williams will set up shop Sept. 22 in his new role with MSNBC.
His first assignment: covering the visit of Pope Francis to the U.S.
The Los Angeles Times reports that a spokesperson for NBC News confirmed the date.
“Williams will not have his own program when he returns, although it’s understood he’ll be available at an anchor desk at MSNBC’s New York studio to go on the air from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern time,” the Times reports. “While other changes to the MSNBC daytime schedule are being planned, including a daily program with NBC News political director Chuck Todd, not all of them are expected to be in place by the time Williams returns.”
Williams has been off the air since Feb. 8, when he last anchored “NBC Nightly News.” He was suspended by NBC Feb. 11 in part because of exaggerated war stories, including a widely publicized misremembered helicopter flight in Iraq in 2003.
Lester Holt was named permanent anchor of “Nightly News” on June 21.
“NBC News and MSNBC Chairman Andy Lack offered the new role to Williams as a chance for redemption and an opportunity to boost the cable channel’s dismal ratings during daytime hours,” the Times notes.