Brian Williams‘ six-month suspension at NBC Nightly News is poised to become permanent, although the embattled newsman is expected to remain at the network in a new role.
According to CNN, Williams and NBC have reached a tentative agreement that will keep him at the network, but not as anchor of the Nightly News. One scenario being bandied about has Williams heading to struggling MSNBC.
In mid-February, NBC issued Williams an unpaid, six-month suspension from his duties as NBC Nightly News‘ chief anchor and managing editor. At the time, NBC News president Deborah Turness promised a continued investigation into the “wrong and completely inappropriate” misrepresentation of events that occurred while Williams was on assignment in Iraq in 2003.
The controversy surrounding Williams began during a Jan. 30 broadcast of Nightly News, when he falsely claimed his helicopter was hit by a grenade in March 2003 as he covered the Iraq War. In the weeks that followed, more of Williams’ reporting and anecdotes were called into question.
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NBC vet Lester Holt has been holding down the Nightly News fort since the Williams imbroglio erupted. He is now expected to take over the gig permanently.