Anchor Brian Williams is leaving MSNBC and NBC News

Anchor Brian Williams is leaving MSNBC and NBC News
NBC News' Brian Williams during an interview on July 7, 2014 on Late Night With Seth Meyers.
New York (CNN Business)Anchorman Brian Williams, a 28-year veteran of NBC News and MSNBC, said Tuesday that he is leaving the company at the end of this year.

"This is the end of a chapter and the beginning of another," Williams said in a statement. "There are many things I want to do, and I'll pop up again somewhere."
Williams expressed deep gratitude to NBC, saying the network "is a part of me and always will be."
He is about to become a free agent for the first time in decades.
For the past five years, Williams has anchored "The 11th Hour," an end-of-the-day newscast and political talk program. CNN Business reported in August that his contract was expiring in the next six months and that he wanted to move off the late-night hour.
Now he is doing it. But he added in Tuesday's statement, "I ask all those who are a part of our loyal viewing audience to remain loyal. The 11th Hour will remain in good hands, produced by the best team in cable news."
Williams' exit from NBC has an end-of-an-era feel. He was a key player in the launch of the MSNBC news channel in 1996, manning breaking news coverage and a prime time recap of the day. Then he became one of America's best-known newsmen during his decade at the helm of the "NBC Nightly News," one of the most-watched news programs in the US.
His "Nightly" tenure was cut short in 2015 when he was found to have exaggerated some stories in interviews. He was suspended for six months and was replaced by Lester Holt on the "Nightly News." But he embraced his new assignment on MSNBC and was able to essentially reinvent himself.
"Most broadcasters would have been cooked if they had undergone the sort of scandal that Williams faced in 2015," Vanity Fair said in 2017. "But a slow-and-steady revival -- a mixture of dutiful penance, clever planning, and a dramatic change in the media -- has Williams turning 11 p.m. into the new primetime."
On cable, Williams was free to share more of his personality and perspective. He was also at the desk for most of the biggest moments of the Trump presidency.
In his statement, Williams boiled down his time at NBC this way: "28 years, 38 countries, 8 Olympic games, 7 Presidential elections, half a dozen Presidents, a few wars, and one SNL."
His impending departure comes after a period of executive turnover at NBC News. His longtime ally Andy Lack exited last year.
"Good friends were in great supply at NBC," Williams said Tuesday. "I was fortunate that everyone I worked with made me better at my job. I've had the best colleagues imaginable. That includes great bosses."
A source close to Williams said NBC did make Williams a new contract offer and declined to share the reasons why he passed on it. Williams framed the situation this way: "Following much reflection, and after 28 years with the company, I have decided to leave NBC upon the completion of my current contract in December."
The source said there will be no imminent announcement about a new role at another media company. (News reports this fall have speculated about him jumping to a new network.)
Williams has not held any formal discussions about a new position yet, the source added.
After saying he'll "pop up again somewhere," Williams indicated that he will be savoring some downtime first: "For the next few months, I'll be with my family, the people I love most and the people who enabled my career to happen," he said. "I will reflect on the kindness people have shown me, and I will pay it forward."
Brian Williams says he's leaving NBC News at the end of the year
NEW YORK — Brian Williams, who remade his career as an MSNBC host after losing his job as NBC "Nightly News" anchor for making false claims about a wartime story, is leaving the network after 28 years.

Williams said in a note to colleagues that "following much reflection," he had decided to exit when his contract ends in December.

"This is the end of a chapter and the beginning of another," Williams wrote. "There are many things I want to do, and I'll pop up again somewhere."

Willliams, 62, said he will take a few months off to spend time with his family.

Williams was NBC News' top anchor from 2004 until 2015, when he was suspended for falsely claiming that he had been in a helicopter hit by enemy fire during the Iraq War. A subsequent investigation found that he had made other inaccurate statements about his experiences covering events, and he lost the job.

He was later given the 11 p.m. hour at MSNBC, which he turned into a fast-moving, entertaining newscast summing up the day's news.

Brian Williams announces his departure from MSNBC
Brian Williams, who has attempted to rehabilitate his career as a late-night host on MSNBC after a stunning downfall as anchor of the highly prestigious “Nightly News” on NBC, announced on Tuesday night that he will leave his corporate home of 28 years at the end of this year.

Williams, 62, has hosted “The 11th Hour with Brian Williams” since 2016. He did not give a specific reason for his impending departure, but said in a statement that he is ready to start a new chapter in life after his contract with the company expires next month. He did not announce a new professional opportunity but indicated that he would be open to one.

“There are many things I want to do, and I’ll pop up again somewhere,” he said. “For the next few months, I’ll be with my family, the people I love most and the people who enabled my career to happen.”

Williams’s 11 p.m. show on MSNBC has been a success, establishing itself as a home for cable news viewers who are up late and want to hear its famous host chat with a bevy of prominent reporters and guests about the news of the day.

“He has built a fiercely loyal following for The 11th Hour and we and our viewers will miss his penetrating questions and thoughtful commentary,” MSNBC President Rashida Jones said in a memo to staff on Tuesday night. She conveyed that the decision to depart belonged to Williams, and that he had “informed [the network] he would like to take the coming months to spend time with his family.”

After many years as one of the country’s most well-known and well-respected news anchors, Williams was forced to rebuild his reputation after he admitted in 2015 that he had lied about being attacked by enemy fire during a helicopter ride while covering the Iraq War. The scandal led to his suspension and eventual departure from “NBC Nightly News” after more than a decade as the show’s anchor.

An NBC investigation reportedly found 11 instances in which Williams had fudged details about his reporting. Williams was replaced permanently by his fill-in, Lester Holt, who still anchors “Nightly News.”

Williams apologized to viewers and was given a second chance as a breaking news anchor at MSNBC, the network he had appeared on when it first launched in 1996. (NBCUniversal, which is owned by Comcast, is the parent company of both NBC News and MSNBC.)

In her memo, Jones praised Williams for having “great resiliency” in his career at the media company, and Williams has earned praise for his successful comeback — albeit in a lower-wattage role. He also helped anchor coverage of major political events for the network, including last year’s presidential election — a sign of the company’s renewed trust in him.

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