Lester Holt will permanently replace Brian Williams on NBC’s Nightly News, making him the first African American to hold the coveted post.
Holt tweeted the good news while on vacation on Thursday.
He also made an official statement through NBC News.
â€œThis is an enormous honor,â€ Holt said. â€œThe respect and admiration I have for the Nightly News team has only grown deeper over the last several months that weâ€™ve been together. Day-in and day-out under an uncomfortable spotlight they have produced world-class journalism. Iâ€™m very proud and grateful to be part of such an unflappable and dedicated team of professionals as we move forward together.â€
On Thursday, the network announced Williams would move to MSNBC after a six-month suspension, his punishment for lying about events that occurred during his time spent in Iraq in 2003.
“I’m sorry. I said things that weren’t true. I let down my NBC colleagues and our viewers, and I’m determined to earn back their trust,” Williams, 56, said in a statement.
“I will greatly miss working with the team on Nightly News, but I know the broadcast will be in excellent hands with Lester Holt as anchor. I will support him 100% as he has always supported me…I am grateful for the chance to return to covering the news. My new role will allow me to focus on important issues and events in our country and around the world, and I look forward to it.”