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.

People also read these

A-Rod released by Yankees, who owe him $27...

Aug 13, 2016

Alex Rodriguez has been unconditionally released by the New York Yankees, ending his 12 years in...

Lochte: US swimmers are 'safe and unharmed' after...

Aug 14, 2016

Ryan Lochte says he and teammates are 'safe and unharmed' after robbery at gunpoint

Gabby Douglas calls Twitter bullying 'really...

Aug 14, 2016

Gabby Douglas calls Twitter bullying 'really hurtful' as she leaves Olympic stage

NBC audience soars with first full week of...

Aug 16, 2016

With blanket coverage of the Rio Games all last week, NBC had the ratings game all to itself in...

DeGeneres defends herself after posting photo...

Aug 17, 2016

Ellen DeGeneres says she's not racist after receiving backlash on social media for posting an...

About Us

The World Insiders brings you exclusive coverage from across the globe in a timely, easy to consume format sourced directly from our regional media partners.

Contact us: sales[at]theworldinsiders.com

Subscribe Now!