Brian Williams will remain the anchor NBC's Nightly News, but the news magazine 'Rock Center' was canceled. Brian Williams had no comment. Some say 'Rock Center' was undermined by scheduling changes.
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NBC pulled the plug Friday on Brian Williams' newsmagazine "Rock Center" after a short, troubled life in which it failed to find a consistent home on the network's prime-time schedule.
The show's final broadcast will be on June 21, NBC Universal News Group Chairwoman Pat Fili-Krushel said in a memo to her staff.
"Rock Center" premiered on Halloween 2011 and news executives preached patience then, saying it would take awhile to get established. Bob Costas' interview with Jerry Sandusky about the Penn State child sexual abuse case was its biggest coup, and it recently aired an hour-long special on the Boston Marathon bombings.
"While we're disappointed with the news, we are very proud of the hard work that the 'Rock Center' team put into the program each week," Fili-Krushel said in her memo. While NBC's news division produces the show, the network's entertainment division is responsible for putting it on the schedule.