As the dust settles over what was once former NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams‘ broadcast television career, the news business is now coming to terms with his demotion to MSNBC. What does this mean — not only for Williams and the two networks, but for the news industry at large?
CNN’s Brian Stelter and ABC News’ chief legal correspondent and Mediaite founder Dan Abrams discussed the matter on Reliable Sources on Sunday. Despite the perilous nature of what NBC has decided to do with Williams, as well as the consternation from both sides, Abrams is quick to note that “being the breaking news anchor for MSNBC is a huge demotion.”
If you had told Brian Williams a year ago he’d be throwing back to Rev. Al in the studio, he would have laughed in your face! This is a big demotion, it’s a big move by NBC.
But now that Williams is back on cable, his possible interactions with Rev. Al Sharpton are one of the many goofy things that could happen in the near future.
Even so, Abrams is quick to note his support for NBC’s compromise and his willingness to give Williams “a lot of credit for a lot of the work he did”:
He didn’t just sit in the studio. He went out into the field, he did real work, he did very good work. I think, as a result, he can have a second chance.
He and Stelter go on to speculate that Williams’ deal might include the possibility of eventual advancement — if, that is, he does a great job at MSNBC, and enough time passes for broadcast and cable audiences to forgive the former anchor.
Check out the clip below, courtesy CNN:
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