‘Nightly News’ shakeup: Who’s taking over Brian Williams’ anchor chair

Longtime NBC “Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams, shown in a 2014 file photo, will not return to his role following a suspension for misrepresenting a news story of his experiences in the Iraq War. (AP file)

NEW YORK (AP) — NBC News says that Brian Williams will not return to his job as “Nightly News” anchor, but will anchor breaking news reports at the cable network MSNBC.

Williams was suspended in February for falsely claiming he had been in a helicopter hit by enemy fire during the Iraq War. NBC launched an internal investigation that turned up other instances where Williams embellished or misrepresented his experiences, frequently during appearances on talk shows. Before his swift tumble, Williams was arguably the most powerful on-air personality in television news.

Lester Holt, who has been subbing for Williams since the suspension, will take over the job full-time.

NBC, which had signed Williams to a new five-year contract last fall, had been negotiating his new role over the past few weeks.

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