(NY Daily News) – Start time for Brian Williams’ anchor debut revealed 

On his first day of work at MSNBC, Brian Williams can sleep late.

The former high-flying anchor of “Nightly News” will begin his new life as a cable news anchor at 3 p.m. Tuesday, The Daily News has learned.

He plans to anchor coverage of The Pope’s visit to the U.S., but his official capacity afterward will be to handle “breaking news” as part of the struggling cable channel’s new shift from left of the aisle opinion to hard news.

Williams will be working out of several studios at MSNBC’s 30 Rockefeller Center headquarters, including a “phone booth” sized room that was recently constructed.

It’s a marked difference from Studio 3B, where “Nightly News” originates from. Williams and the show had moved back in 2011 into the sprawling news gathering mecca that once housed the “Today” show.

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Brian Williams will start his first shift in the MSNBC anchor chair on Tuesday afternoon, the Daily News has learned.

Now at MSNBC there will not be specific dedicated studio for Williams.

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This week his is expected to be anchoring mostly from MSNBC’s main news desk.

The new, small “phone booth” studio will also come into play as the cable channel’s new direction calls for much more breaking news during the day than in the past.

Williams's career at NBC came under fire for embellishing facts during his time reporting in Iraq.NBC NEWSWIRE/NBC NEWSWIRE VIA GETTY IMAGES

Williams’s career at NBC came under fire for embellishing facts during his time reporting in Iraq.

Williams is returning to the air after serving a six-month suspension for lying, not a desirable quality in a major network news anchor.

An internal investigation by NBC investigators allegedly uncovered 11 instances where Williams is accused of embellishing facts about his role in world events – in addition to claiming to be shot down while riding in a military helicopter during the Iraq war. In one damning example, he boasted during an appearance on “The Daily Show” to have looked into the eyes of mounted Egyptian soldiers in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, and had seen armed men beat protesters.

Despite the investigation and pressure to resign, Williams dug in and reassigned to MSNBC. His “Nightly News” successor, Lester Holt, has been a solid replacement, regularly beating his close competition, David Muir at ABC’s “World News.”

On his first day of work at MSNBC, Brian Williams can sleep late.

Source: Start time for Brian Williams’ anchor debut revealed – NY Daily News

(SFGate) – Brian Williams to debut on MSNBC on Sept. 22 –

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Brian Williams, the beleaguered former anchor of NBC’s “Nightly News,” will start in his new position at the cable news network MSNBC on Sept. 22, an NBC News spokesman said Thursday.
Exact details about what Williams would be doing once he returns were not disclosed.
In February, NBC suspended Williams for six months without pay. The move came after the former anchor of NBC’s evening newscast was found to have fabricated his experience in a helicopter attack in Iraq.
In his new role, Williams will work as an anchor of breaking news and special reports at MSNBC. The position, which is a demotion and carries a salary cut, is a humbling blow for Williams. Before the controversy, he was one of the country’s most prominent and respected broadcast news journalists.
Williams was an MSNBC anchor from 1996 to 2004. The network, which has suffered sharp ratings declines, is trying to revive its fortunes by shifting from its left-leaning, opinion-based coverage to more hard news during the day.

Source: Brian Williams to debut on MSNBC on Sept. 22 – SFGate

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