Brian Williams returns to television news on MSNBC after suspension

September 23, 2015

TV newsman Brian Williams, who was suspended for making up a story about being on a helicopter that was shot down in the Iraq war, returned to TV on Tuesday (Sept 22) as a breaking news anchor on cable channel MSNBC to cover the pope’s arrival in America.


Williams, 56, lost his job as news anchor of NBC’s flagship “Nightly News” program in June after an internal investigation established he had exaggerated various events involving his reporting from the field.

“Good day, I’m Brian Williams at MSNBC headquarters here in New York,” he said in the on-air introduction for his new role before launching into a preview of Pope Francis’ first visit to the United States.

Williams, who was the face of NBC News from 2004 until his suspension in February ’15, is not expected to have a dedicated hour on the MSNBC schedule but will work on various breaking stories, according to media reports.

Neither MSNBC nor Williams made any reference to his suspension when he began his coverage, about an hour before the pope arrived on a flight from Cuba.



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