*Lester Holt’s temporary seat in the “NBC Nightly News” anchor chair will become permanent.
The Wall Street Journal reports today that Holt will head the “Nightly News” broadcast for good following a four-month interim stint. His appointment comes in the wake of the scandal involving his predecessor Brian Williams, who was sidelined in February following revelations that he embellished a story during his 2003 coverage of the war in Iraq.
According to CNN, after his six-month suspension expires in August, Williams will stay at NBC but will be relegated to the network’s struggling news channel, MSNBC, where he’ll handle major breaking news.
Holt, 56, makes history by becoming the first solo African American anchor of a nightly broadcast network evening newscast.
The “Nightly News” gig will add to Holt’s already full plate. He also co-anchors the weekend edition of “Today” as well as “Dateline,” NBC’s news magazine show.