Defining The Mission Of Network Newscasts

For the past several months, the national evening newscasts have been the most-watched television programs in the country. The nation has turned its eyes by the millions to trusted anchors Lester Holt (NBC), Norah O’Donnell (CBS) and David Muir (ABC) to get the latest information on the coronavirus. And now another story — the death of George Floyd and the following protests — has gripped the nation, making the evening news as critical as ever. The three anchors address the question: What is the mission of the nightly news in these times?

Q&A WITH LESTER HOLT

Anchoring During The Pandemic: ‘It Hits You’

The network evening news has seen a resurgence during the coronavirus pandemic with an average of 30 million people watching the nightly half-hour telecasts on ABC, CBS and NBC in recent weeks. Around 10 million of them have been turning to Lester Holt, anchor of the NBC Nightly News, who is among the many TV news personalities working from home to protect them from the pandemic. Holt talks about how his job has changed with the massive story.

Lester Holt To Anchor Live Virus Special

Coronavirus Pandemic special to air Thursday, March 19, at 10 pm ET across NBC, MSNBC, streaming service NBC News NOW and Telemundo Digital.

NBC News Sets Moderators For Dem Debate

Lester Holt, Chuck Todd, Hallie Jackson, Noticias Telemundo’s Vanessa Hauc and the Nevada Independent’s Jon Ralston will moderate the Democratic debate in Las Vegas on Feb. 19 in Las Vegas, sponsored by NBC News and MSNBC.

Lester Holt’s Path To The Top Of TV News

NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt calls his reporting “respectful and respectfully persistent” and says his race doesn’t factor into how he covers stories. “There has been no sense of, ‘I’m a black anchor and therefore we’re going to do black stories,’ ” he says.

Holt Spends 2 Nights In Prison For News Show

A sobering trip inside Louisiana State Penitentiary frames Friday’s Dateline NBC report about 1990s-era “tough on crime” legislation and what it has meant for society today. The show is repeated Sunday night on MSNBC, along with a Holt-moderated town hall meeting from inside another well-known prison, New York’s Sing Sing.

Lester Holt Moonlights As A Rocker

NBC’s Lester Holt To Get Cronkite Award

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona State University is awarding its 2019 Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism to Lester Holt, news anchor for NBC. Holt has anchored NBC’s flagship “Nightly News” broadcast since 2015, following eight years as anchor of the newscast’s weekend edition and 12 years as co-anchor of “Weekend Today.” The university’s Walter […]

Poll: Holt Best Among NBC Debate Anchors

NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt, who was viewed by Americans as the most trusted anchor in television last fall, made a strong impression on the 1,860 respondents who participated in a new Hollywood Reporter/Morning Consult survey on last week’s Democratic presidential candidate debates.

NBC’s Holt, Colleagues To Moderate Dem Debate

The debate, shown on NBC News networks, will unfold over two nights in Miami on June 26 and June 27. For each night, Holt will anchor the first hour, where he’ll be joined by Savannah Guthrie of Today show and Jose Diaz-Balart of Telemundo. The second hour will feature MSNBC opinion host Rachel Maddow and Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd.

Donald Trump Rips TV News Chiefs

President Donald Trump set aside his complaints about tech companies and foreign leaders, at least for the moment, to return to his comfort zone of blasting the TV news business. In three morning tweets the president said the “hatred and extreme bias of me by @CNN has clouded their thinking and made them unable to function.” He also ripped into NBC News, anchor Lester Holt and president Andy Lack.

Holt Proves Steadying Presence At NBC News

Lester Holt, 58, exudes an aura of calm on the set, so much so that it’s surprising to hear him talk candidly about how tough it was to replace Brian Williams as NBC News’ chief anchor. Two years removed from that drama, he’s in a tight battle for supremacy with ABC’s David Muir for viewers and advertising dollars in the dinner hour.

 

NBC’s Holt Is RTDNA’s Paul White Winner

The anchor of NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt will be honored for a lifetime of achievement and service to the profession of electronic journalism at the Excellence in Journalism 2017 conference on Sept. 8.

DePaul To Honor NBC’s Lester Holt

Making News: Q&A With Pelley, Holt, Muir

ABC’s David Muir, CBS’s Scott Pelley and NBC’s Lester Holt sat down last week in New York with Variety for a candid conversation about the news business. Among their observations: Pelley: “Our job is unchanged. Find the facts, present the truth, let the audience know what our process is.” Muir: “I think one of the challenges we’re facing right now is that what the president says is often different from what his staff members will tell us.” Holt: “Sometimes I think about our short attention spans these days, it’s like the evening news shows were kind of ahead of their game. Now, 30 minutes is actually a pretty good time.”

NBC’s Holt Worked To Keep Control Of Debate

Lester Holt asked questions about job creation and home-grown terrorism in Monday’s first debate, and also hit on specific issues regarding the birther controversy, Trump’s decision not to release his tax returns and Clinton’s email scandal. The sole journalist onstage, Holt was responsible for the questions asked and for steering the conversation.

A Moment Of Truth For Debate Moderators

News outlets and fact-checking sites can separate truth from fable after a debate, but it falls to the moderator to interject in the moment when a candidate lies.

NEWS ANALYSIS

As Debate Nears, Spotlight Is On Lester Holt

Dylan Byers: “On Monday, the NBC Nightly News anchor will preside over what may be the most highly anticipated presidential debate in American history. If Holt does anything less than a perfect job, he will likely be pilloried like Matt Lauer and the CNBC anchors before him. But if he gives a command performance, he will, at least for a moment, be a national icon.”

Presidential Debate Moderators Announced

NBC’s Lester Holt will moderate the first scheduled presidential debate on Sept. 26. ABC’s Martha Raddatz and CNN’s Anderson Cooper are doing the second and Fox News Channel’s Chris Wallace the third.

NBC’s Lester Holt Accepts NABJ Award

Lester Holt, the first solo African-American evening anchor on a weekday network newscast, accepted the 2016 NABJ Journalist of the Year Award from the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) at an NBC reception at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City Tuesday night. The award recognizes a black journalist who has distinguished himself or […]

NABJ Names Lester Holt Journalist of the Year

NBC Chicago’s Holt Leaves To Join Dad In NY

Stefan Holt signed off today as NBC O&O WMAQ Chicago’s morning anchor to head to NewYork, where he’ll join his father, NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt, at the network’s 30 Rock headquarters. The younger Holt will be anchoring the 4 p.m. newscast NBC-owned WNBC plans to launch in April. 

Stefan Holt Joining Dad Lester At NBC News

NEW YORK (AP) — It’s about to be a family affair at 30 Rock for NBC News anchor Lester Holt and his son, Stefan Holt, who soon will be anchoring a weekday newscast on the network’s New York station, it was announced Tuesday. Holt, 29, will start at WNBC in April, co-anchoring a newly launched […]

Holt To Moderate First Dem. Debate Of 2016

NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt will moderate the first Democratic debate of 2016, on Sunday, Jan. 17, at the Gaillard Center in Charleston, S.C.

Lester Holt Wins His First November Sweep

In the news demo the November sweep win is NBC News’ 18th of the last 19. Today’s ratings results are good news for NBC; last year, ABC World News Tonight With David Muir won the November sweep in the news demo, ABC’s first such win in 18 years.

Lester Holt Reflects On His Rise To Anchor

Holt, who had been sitting in as NBC Nightly News anchor since Brian Williams was suspended, has officially gotten the job he had all but given up on. With the perch comes the responsibility to lead a news organization that is not only trying to repair its reputation, but also striving to keep pace with a rapidly evolving digital landscape, where the moral authority of a network news anchor has faded.

Holt’s First Promo Pledges Dependability

If there were any doubts about Lester Holt’s new position as the official anchor of NBC Nightly News, his new promotional video puts them to rest

It’s Official: Brian Williams Moved To MSNBC

Williams was suspended in February for falsely claiming he had been in a helicopter hit by enemy fire during the Iraq War. NBC launched an internal investigation that found Williams “made a number of inaccurate statements about his own role and experiences covering events in the field.” “Brian now has the chance to earn back everyone’s trust,” said Andrew Lack, chairman of NBC News and MSNBC.

Williams Out As Anchor, Will Stay At NBC

WilliamsHoltNBC and Williams have come to a tentative agreement that will keep Williams at the network after his six-month suspension ends in August. The decision, described by people with knowledge of the plan, ends months of speculation that Williams could leave NBC altogether. Williams will not be returning to the NBC Nightly News anchor chair. Instead, he will have a new role at MSNBC. His fill-in Lester Holt will become NBC Nightly News’ permanent anchor

RUMOR MILL

Lester Holt Wants Brian Williams’ $10M Salary

Lester Holt — who’s primed to permanently take over for fibbing Brian Williams on NBC Nightly News — wants the same $10 million-per-year salary Williams was getting. Holt’s agents want to quietly renegotiate his contract with NBC as the network tries to reach a resolution over Williams, who will not return to Nightly News following an internal investigation. But insiders tell us it’s Holt who’s got the upper hand as NBC News has no backup anchor plan.

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Lester Holt Previews ‘Nightly News’ With His Son

NBC’s Lester Holt Leads Evening-News Race

NBC’s Nightly News trumped both its rivals in nabbing eyeballs in the last week, according to the latest Nielsen data. The victory came even as the NBC newscast lost some of the most important viewers — the kind advertisers covet.

Solid Ratings For NBC’s Lester Holt

The Chicken Littles who squawked that the sky was falling after Lester Holt’s first week filling in for Brian Williams behind the NBC Nightly News desk have fallen silent, as the Feb. 16 to Feb. 20 newscasts put up huge ratings. Holt’s second week as the Nightly News anchor averaged 10.1 million viewers, per Nielsen figures, only the fourth time this season that NBC has reached that milestone. No other nightly newscast has hit that mark in eight seasons.

Holt May Be Calm After Williams Storm

Along with anchoring NBC Nightly News, perhaps the biggest job in television news, Lester Holt will also continue to helm the weekend edition of NBC Nightly News and host Dateline, reminding some that he was once nicknamed Iron Pants for his willingness to work seemingly nonstop.

Lester Holt is NBC News’s Marathon Man

By Friday night, Holt will have anchored NBC’s nightly newscast for seven days in a row. And no one will be filling in for him this weekend.

RTDNF Honors First Amendment Winners

On Wednesday evening, the Radio Television Digital News Foundation honored Gannett’s David Lougee, NBC News’ Lester Holt, ABC News’ Robin Sproul, CBS News’ Bill Plante and The Associated Press for their commitment to press freedoms at the 24th Annual First Amendment Awards Dinner in Washington.

Lougee, Holt, Plante Among RTNDF Honorees

The recipients of the First Amendment Awards presented annually by the Radio Television Digital News Foundation are Gannett Co.’s David Lougee, NBC News’ Lester Holt, ABC News’ Robin Sproul and the Associated Press’ Gary Pruitt. In addition, CBS News’ Bill Plante will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award. The ceremony takes place in Washington on March 12, 2014.

Lester Holt Celebrates 10 Years On ‘Today’

Lester Holt New Host Of ‘Dateline NBC’

The NBC News veteran will keep his job as co-anchor of the Weekend Today show while replacing Ann Curry on the newsmagazine.