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Brian Williams to Get a Reduced Role at MSNBC When Suspension Ends

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By    |   Thursday, 18 Jun 2015 02:06 PM

Brian Williams will continue to work for NBC, but his "Nightly News" anchoring post will be permanently taken over by interim host Lester Holt.

Williams, who has been quiet since it was discovered that some of his reporting war stories were untrue, broke his silence for the first time with “Today” show host Matt Lauer in an interview scheduled to air Friday. The anchor's six-month suspension is slated to end in August.

Williams will be given "the chance to earn back everyone's trust" by taking on a role at MSNBC, NBC's cable-news channel, an unidentified NBC manager told CNNMoney, which reported the new job to be "anchor of breaking news and special reports." He'll also reportedly fill in at NBC "as a breaking news anchor for NBC News live special reports when Holt is not available," CNN Money noted.

The interview with Lauer may not air Friday because of the breaking news about the church shooting in North Carolina, CNN Money reported. It is unclear when it will air should it be delayed.


MSNBC has been struggling with ratings, The New York Times reported.

“The new role can be viewed as a humbling comedown for Mr. Williams, who before the controversy was one of the country’s most prominent and respected broadcast journalists,” the newspaper wrote. “One point of contention during the negotiations over his new role at the network was the extent to which Mr. Williams would apologize for the controversy, according to a television executive who discussed the issue with people at NBC.”

"I’m sorry. I said things that weren’t true. I let down my NBC colleagues and our viewers, and I’m determined to earn back their trust," Williams said in an NBC statement, quoted by the Business Insider.

When the scandal broke, indicating Williams lied when he reported being in a helicopter shot down by enemy fire in Iraq, The Times said many NBC execs thought the anchor had lost too much of the public trust to be retained by the station.

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