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Friday, October 16, 2015

Currently Booming: Brian Williams Already Throwing His Weight Around at MSNBC

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Brian Williams has only been back on the air for a few short weeks and already he is making his presence felt behind the scenes at MSNBC. Williams, the former anchor of NBC Nightly News, caught a break earlier this year when the network decided to shift him over to the ratings-challenged MSNBC rather than flat out firing him. Williams was sidelined with a six month suspension after being caught embellishing several of his news reports and rather than returning with a bit of humility, his known ego is still front and center.

According to a report by Page Six, "Brian has been going to town at MSNBC, He’s dictating personnel changes.” Pat Burkey — Williams’ executive producer at NBC’s “Nightly News” who remained when Williams was suspended and Lester Holt got the gig — was relegated this week to executive producer in charge of afternoon news coverage at MSNBC. “Pat’s going with Brian, but it’s being looked at like a demotion,” said a source.

That situation is only one example of Williams insisting that MSNBC cater to his demands and his co-workers are reportedly furious because it has cost several people their jobs. Are you surprised that the network kept Williams on board at all?  It seems an incredibly tough task to expect a credibility-challenged former anchor to save a network that itself is known for credibility issues, doesn't it?