Brian Williams breaks silence with apology: 'I said things that weren’t true'
After months of silence following revelations that he had peddled fabrications from the anchor chair of NBC Nightly News, Brian Williams on Thursday issued a statement that began: “I’m sorry.”
Williams’s statement was issued as the network announced he would not be returning to the helm of its nightly news program, where he once commanded 10 million viewers a night, more than any competitor. Williams’s fill-in, Lester Holt, will remain in the post, NBC said.
Williams moves to MSNBC, the network’s cable news outlet, where he will be “anchor of breaking news and special reports”, according to the NBC statement. He would also fill in for Holt, 56, “when Holt is not available”, the network said.
The news appeared to add a bumper stop to a spectacular skid by Williams, from the top position in broadcast news, as anchor of the most-watched nightly news program, to suspension and potential unemployment.
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