CNN’s Brian Stelter is reporting that NBC and Brian Williams have come to a temporary agreement regarding Williams’s status at the network. According to Stelter, Williams will remain at NBC, but he will not longer anchor NBC Nightly News.
Stelter has said on Twitter and the Wall Street Journal has posted that Lester Holt will be named the new anchor of the weekday NBC Nightly News. Holt has been anchoring Nightly News since Williams’s suspension and is on vacation this week. While the vacation has been described as planned, some have said that Holt is on break this week so he does not announce his own promotion. Holt is currently the official anchor of the weekend Nightly News, in addition to anchoring Dateline and Weekend Today. Holt has had substitutes the past few weeks on some of his programs after initially appearing on every program. It is unknown what responsibilities Holt will continue to have if he is named permanent weekday anchor or if he will be named Managing Editor. Williams was and is Managing Editor of his program.
It was not reported what Williams’s new role at the network will be and Stelter reported that few executives fully know the plans. Some, including Newsday’s Verne Gay, have speculated that Williams may go to MSNBC, NBC’s cable news channel. Others have proposed that Williams become a correspondent or reporter for the network, possibly in an attempt to rebuild goodwill. New NBC News head Andy Lack, who is also a friend of Williams, have reportedly told employees to “think creatively” of new opportunities for Williams.
An official announcement could come tomorrow.