Brian Williams Turns Down CBS News’ Attempt to Recruit Him for the Evening News

By Brad Pareso 

Brian Williams, who hosted the popular 11th Hour program on MSNBC during the Trump-era, has largely rehabilitated his image. And after departing NBC when his contract expired late last year, he’s a free agent for the first time in decades. One such proposal floated to him, according to three people familiar with the matter, was to anchor the CBS Evening News. (CNN Business)

CBS News president Neeraj Khemlani offered Williams—who announced late last year he would leave NBC after nearly three decades with the company—the anchor chair, CNN reported, noting that Khemlani tried at least twice to recruit Williams. (The Hill)

Williams was not interested in replacing current anchor Norah O’Donnell. For her part, O’Donnell got a major promotion in 2019, but has not been able to save the newscast’s poor ratings. Evening News routinely falls behind NBC’s Nightly News and ABC’s World News Tonight in viewership. (TheWrap)