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NBC's upcoming newsmagazine to be called 'Rock Center'

September 12, 2011 | 12:18 pm

NBC's Brian Williams

NBC News has given a muscular-sounding name to its new prime time newsmagazine: "Rock Center with Brian Williams."

Williams, anchor of "NBC Nightly News," will host the hour-long, as-yet-unscheduled program, with reports from Harry Smith, Kate Snow and other network correspondents.

The name, though, may take some getting used to, which Williams wryly noted in the news release Monday: "Hopefully our journalism will speak louder than any name. If it doesn't, perhaps people will tune in to 'Rock Center' hoping to see Tina Fey."

Last week, NBC News and Williams made news themselves after the company's Twitter feed was hacked with a false report of a plane crash at ground zero. Williams later read an apology on-air for the hacking incident.

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-- Scott Collins
twitter.com/scottcollinsLAT

Photo: Brian Williams will host NBC's new newsmagazine, "Rock Center." Credit: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

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