Brian Williams to move from NBC to MSNBC

In a move that will bolster the credibility level of both networks, Brian Williams reportedly is to move from NBC News, where he formerly was anchor, to MSNBC.  The New York Times:

NBC is planning to announce on Thursday that Brian Williams will not return to his position as the anchor of its “Nightly News” show, four months after the network suspended him for exaggerating his experiences during a helicopter attack in Iraq, according to two people briefed on the decision.

Mr. Williams is expected to move to a new role at NBC News, primarily at the cable news network MSNBC, which would probably be in a breaking-news capacity at the beginning, according to one of the people.

Williams has a $50-million contract with NBC, so using him at low-rated MSNBC is better than just paying him to do nothing.  But with a little imagination, perhaps pairing him with fellow fantasist Al Sharpton, the beleaguered cable net could turn to an explicit comedy/fantasy approach to programming.

Williams will, of course, become the highest-paid performer at MSNBC, which no doubt has agents for all the other on-air talent there salivating at the prospect of increasing the pay for mega-stars like Melissa Harris-Perry.

In a move that will bolster the credibility level of both networks, Brian Williams reportedly is to move from NBC News, where he formerly was anchor, to MSNBC.  The New York Times:

NBC is planning to announce on Thursday that Brian Williams will not return to his position as the anchor of its “Nightly News” show, four months after the network suspended him for exaggerating his experiences during a helicopter attack in Iraq, according to two people briefed on the decision.

Mr. Williams is expected to move to a new role at NBC News, primarily at the cable news network MSNBC, which would probably be in a breaking-news capacity at the beginning, according to one of the people.

Williams has a $50-million contract with NBC, so using him at low-rated MSNBC is better than just paying him to do nothing.  But with a little imagination, perhaps pairing him with fellow fantasist Al Sharpton, the beleaguered cable net could turn to an explicit comedy/fantasy approach to programming.

Williams will, of course, become the highest-paid performer at MSNBC, which no doubt has agents for all the other on-air talent there salivating at the prospect of increasing the pay for mega-stars like Melissa Harris-Perry.