Brian Williams’ MSNBC Debut Set for September 22

By Mark Joyella 

Former NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams will return from his suspension and into his new role at MSNBC on September 22, the network tells The Hollywood Reporter.

Williams will anchor live breaking news that day, which is expected to include coverage of the U.S. visit of Pope Francis.

In August, MSNBC set the Pope’s visit as a “tentative target date” for Williams’ arrival at the network, with his ultimate role described as having no set timeslot but “working daytime hours on busy news days.”

MSNBC’s schedule has begun to take shape since then, with Chuck Todd moving into a weekday role and Kate Snow reported to be joining the dayside lineup. The network has not yet described how a “breaking news anchor” will fit into dayside coverage that is no longer populated by opinion hosts, but news anchors.