Peacock special to hail Brokaw

'Salute' to look back over 38-year NBC News career

NEW YORK — NBC will air a two-hour tribute to Tom Brokaw when the longtime evening news anchor exits his seat in December.

Brokaw’s last newscast is skedded for Dec. 1. The next night, Brian Williams will take over as anchor of NBC News’ “Nightly News.”

“A Salute to Tom Brokaw” will provide a comprehensive look at Brokaw’s 38-year career with NBC News.

Last week, Brokaw signed a 10-year deal with NBC that will allow him to produce a number of specials for the net once he leaves “Nightly.” He’ll also periodically provide analysis on various news programs.

NBC also plans on several “Saturday Night Live” specials for the 2004-2005 season, including “Live From New York: SNL The First Five Years.”

Primetime, three-hour special will feature clips and interviews honoring former cast members and “Not Ready for Primetime Players” Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, Chevy Chase, Jane Curtin, Garrett Morris, Bill Murray, Larraine Newman and Gilda Radner.

“SNL,” launched in 1975 by exec producer Lorne Michaels, celebrates its 30-year anniversary next year.

Airdates have not been set for the Brokaw and “SNL” specials.