Brian Williams returns to MSNBC for live Pope coverage on Tuesday

PictureBrian Williams, the former chief anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News, is making his return to live television at 3 p.m. ET Tuesday on MSNBC for their coverage of Pope Francis’ trip to the Washington, DC. Williams’ return comes after serving a six-month suspension from NBC for fabricating stories about his journalistic duties during the United States invasion of Iraq in 2003. Williams had often recounted the story from the 2003 tour over the 12-years, exaggerating war stories and his safety for dramatic effect. His accounts eventually came into question, leading to his admission of embellished stories and suspension after NBC launched an internal investigation.

The 22-year veteran anchor was suspended by the network in February of 2015 and the terms of his return included a salary pay cut and demotion to MSNBC, NBC’s cable sister station with poor television ratings.

Williams’ suspension has been served and his return to live television on MSNBC may be an awkward, yet compelling piece of television as he covers Pope Francis’ trip to the United States.

Williams is not expected to address or speak on the controversy that has led to a tarnished, once respected journalistic career. The demoted anchor role at MSNBC should be more suitable for Williams and the viewing public where his participation in commentary and opinion will no longer be his to contribute.
However, the New York Post released a piece on Sunday entitled: Brian Williams is already causing trouble at MSNBC. The article reports that network sources close to Williams and MSNBC said he’s causing problems and trying to call the shots behind the scenes regarding his role.

According to the New York Post, a TV insider close to the show said,
“Brian has been going to town at MSNBC, He’s dictating personnel changes.” 

His return after a six-month suspension is compelling enough, but these reports make it all the more fascinating to see how he handles his first day back on the job.

Williams coverage of Pope Francis’ begins at 3 p.m. ET on MSNBC.

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