WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Television newsman Brian Williams, suspended by NBC in February for fabricating a story that he had come under fire on a helicopter during the Iraq war, will not return as anchor of the network’s “Nightly News” program, CNN reported yesterday.
CNN, citing unnamed sources, reported that NBC and Williams had reached a tentative agreement to keep him at the network after his six-month suspension ends in August, but he would assume a different role.
Williams will not return as anchor of NBC’s evening newscast under the arrangement, CNN reported. NBC, owned by Comcast Corp , could make an announcement about his future on Thursday, CNN reported.
Williams, who began anchoring “NBC Nightly News” in 2004, came under scrutiny in January after telling different versions of a story about being aboard a U.S. military helicopter hit by a rocket-propelled grenade during the first days of the Iraq war in 2003.
He was suspended without pay for six months after he voluntarily took himself off the air in February and NBC News launched an inquiry into his account of the event.
NBC representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment.