NEW YORK — NBC News weekend anchor John Seigenthaler was named Tuesday to take Brian Williams’ place at sister net CNBC’s weekday evening newscast.
Move is skedded for January, when Williams goes full time at the network news division; he will take over for “Nightly News” anchor Tom Brokaw at the end of 2004.
“The News With Brian Williams” airs at 7 p.m. ET on CNBC.
In addition to the CNBC gig, Seigenthaler will continue to anchor the weekend editions of “Nightly News.”
News execs said Seigenthaler won’t be expected to work seven days a week; he will be helped out by substitute anchors at CNBC and “Nightly.” Williams himself is expected to anchor “Nightly” on some Saturdays.
“John Seigenthaler will be terrific,” NBC News prexy Neal Shapiro said. “Since joining NBC News eight years ago, he has reported and anchored every major news story, both in this country and abroad. His versatility and experience have been the keys to his success, and that will no doubt continue in this new position.”
CNBC prexy-CEO Pamela Thomas-Graham said the weekday evening newscast is an important franchise for the financial cable news net, and Seigenthaler will be a valued addition.