Brian Williams will not return to his role at NBC
Nightly News but instead join the cable news network MSNBC to cover breaking news.
The anchor was suspended in February after reports that he had embellished his recollections about the Iraq war.
Lester Holt, who had been filling in during Brian Williams’ suspension, will take over the slot permanently.
He becomes the first African-American man to lead a top evening news program.
Brian Williams said of viewers on June 18:
“I’m determined to earn back their trust.”
He is scheduled to appear on the
Today show on June 19 to further explain his new role.
Brian Williams, who was the face of NBC’s
Nightly News since 2004, often spoke on chats shows of being shot down in a helicopter in Iraq.
But in early 2015, veterans who were aboard the helicopter began refuting his account over social media. Brian Williams and the network were forced to apologize.
“I made a mistake in recalling the events of 12 years ago,” Brian Williams said in February.
“I want to apologize. I said I was travelling in an aircraft that was hit by RPG [rocket-propelled grenade] fire. I was instead in a following aircraft.”
An internal NBC investigation found Brian Williams may have embellished other stories.
Brian Williams had signed a five-year contract in 2014 before the scandal.
For the past few weeks, Brian Williams and NBC Universal – the network’s corporate parent – have been negotiating new terms for the embattled newsman.
Annie Stensrud, a Minnesota news reader who faced allegations of being drunk while on air last week, has claimed she was sick and not under the influence of alcohol.
Annie Stensrud ended up making headlines herself after slurring her words during a live news broadcast on KEYC-TV, CBS/Fox, in Mankato.
KEYC-TV’s General Manager said the faux pas was due to a bad reaction to medication, which Annie Stensrud confirmed.
Annie Stensrud said in a statement:
“My performance last Sunday [December 4 at 10pm] was terrible, and for that I apologize.
“I’ve been sick for some time and taking medication and have missed a lot of work lately.
“I’m on my way to feeling better and hope to be back at full strength soon. I appreciate everyone’s understanding and even more so, their support.”
Annie Stensrud, a Minnesota news reader who faced allegations of being drunk while on air last week, has claimed she was sick and not under the influence of alcohol
The stations GM, Dennis Walhstrom, told WCCO Radio after the incident that she should have called in sick but stands by her statement.
Dennis Walhstrom said:
“That’s what we found, that she had a reaction to a medication.
“She’s also missed work and had not been feeling well for the past week.
“She was taking unspecified medication that she had a bad reaction to.
“She probably shouldn’t have come in. She should have called in. Annie Stensrud has been anchoring weekend evening broadcasts for a year and her Sunday show had been cut down because of an over-running NFL game.
In one of the strangest segments, Annie Stensrud says:
“Today’s event featured Christmas fo… music, food and a chance to meet the Santa dog.
“They felt three ways for Christmas…parents and grandparents,” Annie Stensrud adds, as she speaks over a man giving a pre-recorded interview.
The Huffington Post suggested Annie Stensrud could have been drunk, whereas Gawker.com added that she might just have a strange accent.
KEYC news director Dan Ruiter told TV Spy that although station may work in a “very public business, personnel issues need to remain private”.
Dan Ruiter told the Mankato Free Press that there is no proof she was intoxicated and viewers are jumping to conclusions if they believe this.
The incident had echoes of when CBS Los Angeles journalist Serene Branson garbled her words live on air, causing speculation she had a stroke.
Doctors said she was suffering from symptoms of a stroke, but had actually suffered a complex migraine during a live Grammys broadcast.