Brian Williams to anchor late campaign newscast for MSNBC

FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2014, file photo, Brian Williams speaks at the 8th Annual Stand Up For Heroes, presented by New York Comedy Festival and The Bob Woodruff Foundation in New York. Starting next month, Brian Williams will anchor a nightly newscast at 11 p.m. ET on MSNBC primarily focused on the election. (Photo by Brad Barket/Invision/AP, File)

NEW YORK — Brian Williams will anchor a nightly newscast at 11 p.m. ET on MSNBC primarily focused on the election.

The news network generally airs repeats of its prime-time lineup starting at that hour, but with the busy time this fall wanted to stay with live programming. It has experimented with live news hours at 11 p.m. this past week.

MSNBC said Tuesday that Williams' show will be a half hour and last through the election.

Williams will continue as a fill-in anchor during breaking news stories at other hours. Since joining the network last fall, he has anchored some 245 hours of coverage for MSNBC, 86 of them in July alone.

Williams was given the MSNBC role after losing his job as NBC "Nightly News" anchor in June 2015, following an internal investigation into false claims that he made about his news reporting.

MSNBC has made ratings strides in an election year with a hard-news focus in daytime. Its daytime audience in July was larger than at any point since the 2012 election.

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