The News with Brian Williams
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|The News with Brian Williams|
|Presented by||Brian Williams
John Seigenthaler (Weekends)
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||appx. 2,030|
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Original channel||MSNBC (1996-2002)
|Original run||July 15, 1996 – May 14, 2004|
The News with Brian Williams, first shown on July 15, 1996 (MSNBC's first day on the air), was the former flagship signature news broadcast on both MSNBC and CNBC. The show's host was Brian Williams. The News was a broadcast designed mainly for primetime viewers who might have missed that night's NBC Nightly News.
The News was originally shown at 9pm ET on MSNBC until July 6, 2001. It was moved to the 8pm time slot on July 9, 2001.
During the United States presidential election, 2000, The News was the main program for MSNBC's coverage.
John Seigenthaler (and later various hosts such as Soledad O'Brien, Forrest Sawyer, and some of the presenters from CNBC and MSNBC) often substituted for Williams during his absence, mainly because of Williams' duties as substitute on NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw.
The News on CNBC
In July 2002, MSNBC canceled The News, in order to make room for Phil Donahue's new MSNBC series. The News was then only shown on CNBC at 7pm ET, and was the main news broadcast on CNBC. Viewership of The News suffered.
In 2002, NBC announced that Brian Williams would take over from Tom Brokaw on NBC Nightly News in 2004. In the beginning of 2004, Williams stepped down as presenter of The News, and the show's substitute, John Seigenthaler, took over as the new host of The News, which was renamed, The News on CNBC.
When Seigenthaler took over on January 19, 2004, The News moved to the 8pm ET time slot. The final edition of The News was on May 14, 2004, exactly one week after the cancellation announcement.
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