Brian Williams to Report from India
As Tom Brokaw speculated at last month's press conference to announce his NBC "Nightly News" successor, anchor-in-waiting Brian Williams "is going to get his boots dirty" as a reporter before assuming Brokaw's chair in November 2004. On Monday, reports the Associated Press, NBC said it is dispatching Williams, 43, to New Delhi, where he will cover the escalating tensions between India and Pakistan. His reports will begin to air Tuesday night. NBC also said Williams's current cable newscasts, being shown on MSNBC and CNBC, will be shown exclusively on the latter starting July 15. The mother network is concerned that the show's ratings have suffered since Williams could be seen several times a night on two different networks, notes AP. And in other news of TV news, ABC News is set to name former Clinton White House aide George Stephanopoulos, 41, as the next moderator for the Sunday morning public affairs program "This Week," reports Reuters and other news outlets. He will replace current cohosts Sam Donaldson and Cokie Roberts this fall. Donaldson and Roberts are expected to remain as contributors to ABC News.