Brian Williams Getting His Own MSNBC Show Through Election

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The former NBC anchor, with about 245 hours of cable coverage under his belt in 2016, will host the program weeknights at 11 p.m. ET.

Brian Williams has found a time slot to call his own.

The MSNBC breaking-news anchor and primetime election anchor has been with the cable network for about a year now, pinch-hitting more and more as election coverage has heated up, and he will now get his own designated show. A network source confirmed Tuesday that Williams will anchor the program live at 11 p.m. ET on weeknights starting in September. The show is expected to recap the day's political news and last through the Nov. 8 presidential election.

Williams has been getting more and more screen time on MSNBC. This year has already seen the former NBC Nightly News anchor on air for about 245 hours of coverage. His addition to MSNBC followed his suspension and eventual dismissal from the broadcast sister's evening news telecast.

In addition to his political coverage, which really kicked off in February with coverage of the Iowa Caucuses, Williams' MSNBC highlights include Pope Francis' visit to the U.S., the Umpqua Community College shooting and terrorist attacks in France, San Bernardino, Calif., and Belgium.

MSNBC is clearly trying to capitalize on the post-conventions interest in political coverage. The network is enjoying strong ratings in the wake of RNC and DNC coverage, posting year-over-year gains from a middling 2015 and beating CNN among in primetime all 10 weeknights in August so far in total viewers. In the key news demo of adults 25-54, MSNBC has scored seven primetime victories — making it No. 2 to Fox News Channel.

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