Rock Center with Brian Williams: Anchor Comments on Cancellation

rock center canceledEven the anchor of the NBC Nightly News isn’t immune to having his show cancelled, as Brian Williams found out yesterday. Rock Center with Brian Williams has been cancelled after two low-rated seasons. The program is expected to stay on the schedule through next month.

Williams issued a statement regarding the cancellation and wrote, “I’m so proud of the work we did. Our people got shot at for this broadcast. They pulled countless all-nighters. They investigated, cajoled, hustled and cared deeply. They won awards, won the respect of their colleagues and produced great television journalism.”

One of the awards that he mentions went to Bob Costas for his memorable telephone interview with Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky, who was later convicted of child molestation.

What do you think? Will you be sorry to see Rock Center leave the air? Do you think that it’s better than the other news shows?

13 Comments · Read them below or add one

  1. John and Joan Trask says

    We are very unhappy that a wonderful, intellectual show such as Rock Center has been cancelled. Brian Williams was a great anchor and we so enjoyed his comments plus kudos to his staff for all their work!!! We guess we’ll have to stop watching TV as there is nothing else worthy of our time on TV now!!

  2. Corlis Woods says

    Love Brian Williams, very sorry to see his show canceled. Maybe he’ll get another program. His voice is so soothing to me, regardless of what he is reporting. He is a great journalist!

  3. Neil Goodrich says

    Too bad… This is one of the best shows on major network TV (on a par with CBS Sunday Morning but fortunately shorter). Although I very much disagree with NBC’s and Brian Williams’ partisan left leaning on his nightly news show, I thoroughly enjoyed these short stories. Also, nobody else seems to have the ability to wrap up the show the way Mr. Williams did at the end of each show with his witty snippets.
    Guess we’ll just have to start watching MSNBC’s 10 pm dribble….not ever going to happen.
    Neil Goodrich

  4. shelley rushlow says

    I love this show! They should keep it on indefinitely!! Brian is a reporter we all trust and enjoy his stories. I have commented on Facebook several times on the stories that are reported on Rock Center and always have good responses from my friends. They all say they will start watching the show. I am now watching a story about baby liver disease, and it hits home for me. My three nephews all have PKAN, which is a rare disorder, so makes it hard to get any response from the FDA because in my opinion there is no money to be made, so they are considered casualties of war. Well, in my family they mean everything!! So this may be a story that would interest you also. Thank you for any consideration on this matter! The FDA doesn’t know everything, until it affects someone in their own families!! Also, love and trust Nancy Sneiderman!!

  5. Pat Mays says

    Loved the show with Brian Williams and Harry Smith. Truely enjoyed show. Hated when ya’ll moved show to Friday nights against Blue Bloods. Why do networks do that to really good shows?

  6. Scordiddo says

    I’ve always respected Brian William for his candor. Loved when he showed his disgust for reporting on Donald Trump. Stories without slapstick hype. It’s a shame. He a damn fine journalist.

  7. Anonymous says

    One of my favorites. Sorry to see it go. Could always count on Brian Williams and staff to inform and entertain.

  8. Star69 says

    In typical television fashion, the garbage rises to the top, and the creamy quality like RockCenter gets trashed. I’m sure it was too “thinky” for most US television viewers, who really get what they deserve… More “Big Brother” and similar Kardashian ridden puke for the mindless masses. Thanks Brian & Crew for an excellent production. I would have watched for years.

  9. Joe Siegler says

    I’ll miss it too. I enjoyed it very much. Hopefully the people who worked on this can be funneled into Dateline.

  10. Carol Minkus says

    I am very sorry to see Rock Center be cancelled. I love the news shows, there are so few left anymore. IMO 60 Minutes is the only other NEWS show on the air that did investigative reporting. Brian Williams was awesome as the anchor.

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