The beleaguered former NBC news anchor will make his comeback providing coverage of the papal visit later this month.
Williams, who has been suspended without pay from the network since February after it was discovered that he had fabricated his experiences during his coverage of the Iraq war, will work as a breaking news and special reports anchor at the network’s sister station MSNBC, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Brian Williams will make his NBC comeback on Sep.22
He is expected to provide coverage of Pope Francis’ September visit to the States, and will be seen doing live reporting on other emerging news stories. He will work on various afternoon programs and will no longer have a dedicated news hour, and has also been reported to have accepted a pay cut, despite signing a deal back in December for five years, worth $10 million.
Before the controversy struck in January, Williams was one of the country’s most respected broadcast news journalists, and anchored the nation’s highest-rated nightly news show. Since then, NBC’s ‘Nightly News’ initially took a severe hit in the ratings, but replacement anchor Lester Holt has overseen a revival.
Williams aroused suspicion by appearing to recount differing versions of a story about being aboard an American military helicopter that was downed by a rocket-fired grenade in the first days of the Iraq war in 2003. An internal investigation by NBC found that the 56 year old had “made a number of inaccurate statements about his own role and experiences covering events in the field.”
In June, he made a contrite apology to viewers via a statement: “I'm sorry. I said things that weren't true. I let down my NBC colleagues and our viewers and I'm determined to earn back their trust.”