MSNBC on Tuesday at 3pm (Eastern) — but sources tell Page Six at the NY Post he’s already been causing trouble by calling the shots behind the scenes of the flailing network’s recent shake-up.
“Brian has been going to town at MSNBC,” said a TV insider. “He’s dictating personnel changes.”
Pat Burkey — Williams’ executive producer at NBC’s “Nightly News” who remained when Williams was suspended and Lester Holt got the gig — was relegated this week to executive producer in charge of afternoon news coverage at MSNBC.
“Pat’s going with Brian, but it’s being looked at like a demotion,” said a source. Burkey began working with Williams in 2000 back on MSNBC. Sam Singal has been named the new “Nightly News” EP.
“Izzy and Pat are a formidable team — and they both have the distinction of having been with MSNBC on our very first day in 1996,” network president Phil Griffin wrote in a memo.
Williams returns Tuesday as a “breaking news anchor” on MSNBC after a six-month suspension from NBC. He attended daughter Allison’s wedding on Saturday, Page Six exclusively reported.