Four months after he was suspended from NBC Nightly News following a reporting scandal, Brian Williams may be giving up his anchor chair for good.
According to a new report, Lester Holt is being poised to permanently replace the 56-year-old journalist as anchor of the nightly news program.
Brian on NBC Nightly News in November 2009.
In February, Brian — who has hosted Nightly News for 10 years — received a six-month suspension from the program after it was revealed he had embellished past reporting on both the Iraq War in 2003 and Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Lester, 56, was brought in by the network to take over the TV star’s anchor role during his extended absence.
“Lester has oil tanker-sized reserves of good will,” a longtime NBC staff member recently told CNN Money. “Many people are rooting for him.”
Lester Holt on NBC Nightly News.
Though a final decision about bringing Brian back from his suspension has not yet been made, NBC execs allegedly hope to keep the veteran journalist at the network in some capacity. However, sources expect he will leave if Lester is asked to take over as the new anchor of Nightly News.