Accuracy in Media

NBC News Chairman Andy Lack is unconcerned about disgraced former NBC Evening News anchor Brian Williams’ history of lying. He told The Washington Post’s Erik Wemple that it’s “ancient history to me.”

Lack also thinks that Williams’ new program on MSNBC—”The 11th Hour with Brian Williams”—is “off to a nice start,” though the ratings tell a different story.

The program, which debuted on September 6, has struggled to attract viewers in the key 25-54 demographic. From Sept. 6 through the 20th Williams drew an average of 235,000, versus 293,000 for Don Lemon’s CNN show during the 11:00-11:30 pm time-slot.

Williams’ show is slated to air only until election day, but it’s clear that Lack is hoping that the show’s ratings will be strong enough to justify a more permanent slot somewhere on the network until he feels enough time has passed that he can bring “The Biggest Liar” back to NBC.


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