Monday, December 15, 2014

NBC Extends Contract of Brian Williams

Brian Williams
Brian Williams is staying put as NBC Nightly News' anchor, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Saying that he has "renewed his commitment" to the network's news division, NBC News president Deborah Turness said in a staff memo that he will continue to serve as anchor and managing editor of the nightly broadcast "for years to come."

The news arrives as Williams recently celebrated his 10th anniversary as NBC Nightly News anchor and ABC News recently replaced longtime World News anchor Diane Sawyer with David Muir.

"Under Brian's leadership, Nightly has solidified its position as America's most watched news broadcast and is off to its best start of the season in nine years," Turness wrote. "His deep connection with viewers extends beyond the broadcast to his leading of our breaking news events, his primetime specials and the Nightly offerings on digital and social media. In this changing news and media environment, that special trust in Brian is more important than ever, and therefore wherever Brian is, the audience follows."

Various reports have placed the length of Williams' new deal with the network at five years, at least.

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