It is increasingly clear that Lester Holt is going to stay in the “NBC Nightly News” anchor chair. His assignment was originally supposed to last six months — the amount of time Brian Williams was suspended after ten years at the helm of “Nightly.”
But Williams is unlikely to return to the anchor chair when his suspension is up. Negotiations between NBC executives and Williams’ attorney are focused on two potential paths: a new role for Williams, or an exit from the network.
Either path leaves Holt in the anchor chair — unless NBC surprises everyone and risks destabilizing the show by appointing a new anchor. (Calling that scenario exceedingly unlikely is an understatement.)
So Holt, through the worst of circumstances, is stepping up to one of the best jobs in television journalism.
Despite all of television’s business model and audience challenges, “NBC Nightly News” remains the most-watched nightly news broadcast in the United States.