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Sources: MSNBC Putting Williams in a 'War Crimes Trial' Booth

By    |   Wednesday, 29 Jul 2015 02:32 PM

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Construction is to begin on Brian Williams' new set at MSNBC, but network insiders say that it will be far different than the digs he was used to while anchoring NBC's "Nightly News."

Sources told Mediaite that the new set will be a fully enclosed, glass enclosure placed in the middle of the MSNBC newsroom among the booking staff.

The booth is being compared by some staff members as being like the "war crimes trial" booth used in the 1961 trial against Nazi leader Adolf Eichmann, the sources said.

Even more, Williams' new set won't be soundproof, marking a change from his set at "Nightly News," which reportedly had to be cleared of noisy extra stagehands and crew members because they were too noisy for him.

It's not been made clear what role Williams will take at MSNBC, where NBC placed him after he was caught several times exaggerating his experiences while a newsman.

MSNBC is reportedly planning to make major changes in its afternoon lineup in hopes of moving away from its talk shows and into more news programming in hopes of attracting viewers away from CNN and Fox News when breaking events occur.

Joe Concha, host of Newsmax TV's "The Daily Wrap," wrote in an exclusive for Mediaite last week that "The Cycle" at 3 p.m., "Now" with Alex Wagner at 4 p.m., and "The Ed Show" with Ed Schultz at 5 p.m. are all being canceled.

Chuck Todd, who moderates Sunday's "Meet the Press" on NBC, will receive his own show at 5 p.m. weekdays, in a move that's similar to CNN's Jake Tapper's "The Lead," and his Sunday morning show "State of the Union."

The network source told Concha that veteran newswoman Andrea Mitchell is keeping her noon "Andrea Mitchell Reports" show, and Thomas Roberts will keep his midday news program from 1-3 p.m. But straight news will replace the shows that were on between 3 and 5 p.m., and there is some speculation that the spot will go to the still-popular Williams and pit him against Fox's Shepard Smith and CNN's Brooke Baldwin.

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Construction is to begin on Brian Williams' new set at MSNBC, but network insiders say that it will be far different that the digs he was used to while anchoring NBC's Nightly News.
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