The Los Angeles Times‘ Stephen Battaglio reports the deal will keep Williams in the chair at least another half decade:
[I]nsiders at the network say it will keep him at the helm of the “NBC Nightly News” for at least five more years. He didn’t disclose his financial compensation, but it’s said to be more than $10 million a year.
“It’s probably time I admit that I am a one-trick pony,” Williams tells Battaglio. “I am, I think, designed and put on this Earth to do what I’m doing now — and that is to eat, sleep and breathe nonfiction and the news going on in the world. And then at 6:30 every night I get to deliver it, and I get to hear from the audience, and I get to know them.”
NBC News president Deborah Turness calls Williams “one of the most trusted journalists of our time.”
“Under Brian’s leadership, ‘Nightly’ has solidified its position as America’s most watched news broadcast, and is off to its best start of the season in nine years,” Turness writes.
Her full note after the jump…