CNN: Brian Williams to Lose Anchor Chair, Remain at NBC

By Mark Joyella 

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CNN’s Brian Stelter, citing sources, reports Brian Williams will lose his position as anchor of the NBC Nightly News, but remain at NBC, in a decision set to be announced formally as early as Thursday.

The report led tonight’s AC 360, with Stelter telling Anderson Cooper it’s still unclear what role Williams will take, but keeping the well-compensated star at the network will save the network a lot more money than letting him go.

The New York Times reports tonight that Williams will work primarily on the network’s struggling cable news network, MSNBC:

Mr. Williams is expected to move to a new role primarily at the cable news network MSNBC, probably in a breaking-news capacity in the beginning, according to one of the people.

Lester Holt, who has been filling in for Mr. Williams as anchor, will take on the position permanently, one person said.

TVNewser has reached out to NBC, which has so far made no official response to the multiple published reports on Williams’ fate.