Brian Williams to anchor nightly election coverage for MSNBC
Brian Williams will be back covering nightly news as he is set for a new program on MSNBC, which will focus primarily on the presidential race.
Through the election, the former host of NBC Nightly News will anchor a half hour show each night at 11 p.m, according to the AP. Williams’ newscast will air in the time slot that had previously been home to repeats of the network’s primetime line-up.
The new nightly show marks the most high-profile role for Williams since he was dismissed from his position at Nightly News in June 2015 for a false claim that he had made about being brought down by enemy fire while in a helicopter during the Iraq War.
Williams has seen his work load and presence on MSNBC continue to increase since he first appeared last September during coverage of Pope Francis’ visit to the United States. While he had spent many months mainly reporting daytime stories, Williams returned to primetime in February as he co-anchored the network’s coverage of the Iowa Caucus.