Brian Williams back to TV later this month, as MSNBC anchor

Thu Sep 10, 2015 5:36pm EDT
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Disgraced journalist Brian Williams will return to U.S. television on Sept. 22 as an anchor for breaking news on cable channel MSNBC, the network said on Thursday.

Williams, 56, was dropped from 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.

NBC and MSNBC are units of Comcast Corp.

A representative for NBCUniversal said Williams will take up his new job on Sept. 22, the day Pope Francis begins his first visit to the United States, ending a six-month suspension.

He is not expected to have a dedicated hour on the MSNBC schedule but will work on various afternoon news programs, the Hollywood Reporter cited network executives as saying.

Williams had been the face of NBC until he was suspended in February for fabricating a story about being on board a helicopter that was shot down in the Iraq war. The internal investigation found other instances of what it called "inaccuracies" but did not give details.

In a June interview, Williams blamed his ego for the exaggerations and described his suspension as "torture."

(Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Mohammad Zargham)

NBC News anchor Brian Williams smiles as he receives an honorary doctorate in humane letters during commencement ceremonies from George Washington University on the National Mall in Washington, May 20, 2012.   REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst