Brian Willliams headed to MSNBC; Lester Holt takes the reins at ‘Nightly News’

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The Los Angeles Times reports that “Brian Williams,the NBC News anchor who became embroiled in controversy over false statements he made about his reporting, will no longer be the anchor of the network’s evening newscast and will be assigned to handling breaking news on cable network MSNBC, people familiar with the plan said Wednesday night.”

Brian Williams |Photo by Brad Barket/Invision/AP, File

Brian Williams |Photo by Brad Barket/Invision/AP, File

According to the report, “Lester Holt, the veteran anchor who has fronted numerous programs on NBC and MSNBC since 2000, takes over the reins of “NBC Nightly News” after serving as Williams’ fill-in since the anchor was suspended in early February. Holt, 56, makes history by becoming the first solo African American anchor of a nightly broadcast network evening newscast.”

Chicagoans will remember Holt from his 14 years as an evening news anchor and world news reporter at the CBS affiliate in the Windy City. His resume also boasts reporting and anchoring at MSNBC, co-anchoring NBC’s “Weekend Today” and the network’s weekend “Nightly News,” and hosting NBC’s “Dateline.”

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