Lester Holt named ‘Nightly News’ anchor

Lester Holt attends the New York premiere of "Nightcrawler" on Monday, Oct. 27, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)

NEW YORK (AP) — Andrew Lack, Chairman of NBC News and MSNBC, announced Thursday that Lester Holt will be named the permanent anchor of NBC Nightly News.

“Lester has done outstanding work for NBC News over the last ten years, and he’s performed remarkably well over the last few months under very tough circumstances,” Lack said.

Brian Williams won’t return as NBC “Nightly News” anchor at the conclusion of his suspension for misrepresenting his role in a news story and following an investigation into other alleged misstatements.

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. Williams won’t return as NBC “Nightly News” anchor at the conclusion of his suspension for misrepresenting his role in a news story and following an investigation into other alleged misstatements. The New York Times and CNN both reported an announcement on Williams’ future is expected on Thursday, June 18, 2015.  NBC had suspended Williams for six months on Feb. 10, after he admitted to falsely claiming that he had been in a helicopter hit by enemy fire during the Iraq War, when in fact his helicopter had not been hit. (Photo by Brad Barket/Invision/AP, File)
(Photo by Brad Barket/Invision/AP, File)

Williams was suspended in February for falsely saying that he was in a helicopter hit be enemy fire during an Iraq War reporting trip. Subsequently, NBC began looking into reports of embellishments or misstatements on other stories Williams was involved in.

According to NBC, Williams, who anchored MSNBC from 1996 until 2004, will now join MSNBC as an anchor of breaking news and special reports.  In addition, Williams will serve as a breaking news anchor for NBC News live special reports when Holt is not available. NBC said he will begin his new role in August.

Lester Holt has subbed for Williams on NBC’s evening newscast. In response to Thursday’s announcement Holt said, “This is an enormous honor. The respect and admiration I have for the Nightly News team has only grown deeper over the last several months that we’ve been together.  Day-in and day-out under an uncomfortable spotlight they have produced world-class journalism.  I’m very proud and grateful to be part of such an unflappable and dedicated team of professionals as we move forward together.”

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