Brian Williams in Talks With NBC to Land New Role (Report)


The 'Nightly News' anchor is currently serving out his six-month suspension.

Brian Williams' future with NBC News is still being finalized.

The embattled NBC Nightly News anchor has taken part in negotiations with the network for the past several weeks, and it is still unclear whether he will keep his job, reports CNN Money.

According to CNN, a number of sources believe that Williams may leave the network after reaching a financial settlement, while another option being discussed recently is for Williams to stay at the network, even if he vacates the anchor chair.

A source tells CNN that NBC News chairman Andy Lack wants to keep Williams at the network and has asked employees to think of a new role for him.

The proposal bears similarity to Ann Curry's departure from Today in 2012. Curry stepped down as co-anchor of the morning program and signed a new deal as an NBC News correspondent and Today anchor-at-large. 

There also has also been speculation that a role for Williams could be carved out at MSNBC. But unlike Curry, Williams strength has never been field reporting. And sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that Williams has an uphill climb to return to NBC News. Spokespeople for NBC News and MSNBC declined comment.

Sources told The Hollywood Reporter last month that Lack was having reservations about whether Williams would be able to return to Nightly News.

"He's not going to bring him back unless, one, the facts allow; two, Brian is able to express a satisfactory apology; and three, the organization can really get behind it," the source told THR.

Williams, who began a six-month unpaid suspension in February, has been in hot water since earlier this year over a story he told about being a passenger in a helicopter that took fire in Iraq in 2003. Other statements by Williams have been subject to investigation as well.

NBC News declined comment.

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