NBC Names Lester Holt New Anchor Of Nightly News
AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:
Brian Williams will not return to the anchor's chair of "NBC Nightly News."
MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:
His temporary replacement, Lester Holt, is now permanent. This makes Holt the first African-American to be the lead anchor for a broadcast network.
CORNISH: Brian Williams's troubles began early this year. In a January report, he falsely claimed he was under fire in 2003 while onboard a helicopter in Iraq. He apologized on air several days later.
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BRIAN WILLIAMS: I made a mistake in recalling the events of 12 years ago. It did not take long to hear from some brave men and women in the aircrew who were...
BLOCK: The way Williams apologized just made things worse. Other exaggerations surfaced. NBC suspended him and started an internal investigation, but it has not released the results.
CORNISH: The network does say Williams made a number of inaccurate statements about his field experiences. NBC says these statements were usually made years later and mostly on late-night programs and during public events.
BLOCK: Williams's successor, Lester Holt, joined NBC in 2000. He's been one of the co-hosts of "Weekend Today" and anchored the weekend edition of "Nightly News."
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LESTER HOLT: And hands-free driving. Would you believe a car that really takes you for a ride?
CORNISH: As for Brian Williams, in August, he'll begin a new assignment on the struggling cable channel MSNBC anchoring breaking news and special reports.
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