The Future of NBC and Bryan Williams

By Miguel Lauresta | 3 years ago
The Future of NBC and Bryan Williams
Brian Williams at the 2012 Time 100 gala./David Shankbone

The “Nightly News” anchor has been suspended without pay for six months. What will the future hold for him and NBC? Read on to learn more about this scoop.

Brian Williams has been suspended by NBC for allegedly embellishing some of the reports that he filed for his show “Nightly News.” Now, anchor Letster Holt temporarily takes over the seat while the network continues with its investigation on the allegations against Williams.

Viewers noticed that on Wednesday’s broadcast, Williams’ name has been taken out from the opening title credit. From “Nightly News” with Brian Williams, it’s now simply the “Nightly News.”

And while we wait for Williams’ fate and the results of NBC’s investigation, here are some scenarios that could probably happen in this scandal.

Suspension will lead to sacking.

The network has been pursuing in finding the truth with its own inquiry with regards to the statements made by Williams. While that is still ongoing and NBC is not releasing any statements in connection to that, New York Magazine has reported about a dossier that was presented to the network executives that details that supposed lies purported by the beleaguered anchor.

With the length of Williams’ suspension, some are saying that me is not coming back and that NBC is considering Lester Holt’s temporary gig as his audition if he can contribute into maintaining the shows lead. If the network and ratings find this change good for them, they will permanently let go of Williams. The network has not responded to any requests for comment regarding the speculation.

Suspension into resurrection

An anchor has to have credibility. With Williams’ declining trustworthiness, people are expecting him to do the talk show rounds in atoning for his misdeeds with the hopes of people trusting him again after taking responsibility for his actions.

Even without Williams’ scandal, the “Nightly News” is still in a bad shape. Right now, the news program is working without their most popular journalist. If Lester Holt’s run is not going to help the program keep the lead, NBC might not have a choice but to bring Williams back.

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