Brian Williams has been suspended from NBC Nightly News for six months. The news was released on Feb. 10 after NBC news chief Deborah Turness issued a memo in which she called Brian’s actions ‘wrong and completely inappropriate.’
NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams has been suspended immediately as Managing Editor and Anchor of NBC Nightly News for six months. NBC News Chief Deborah Turness explained that Brian misrepresented events in the Iraq War in 2003 and that he had continued to do so while on Nightly News on Jan. 30. She broke this news in a memo on Feb. 10.
Brian Williams Suspended From NBC News For Six Months After Lying
Brian, 55, has been a seasoned anchor on NBC News for 22 years, so NBC’s decision to suspend him is completely shocking. Below is the statement NBC released.
While on Nightly News on Friday, January 30, 2015, Brian misrepresented events which occurred while he was covering the Iraq War in 2003. It then became clear that on other occasions Brian had done the same while telling that story in other venues. This was wrong and completely inappropriate for someone in Brian’s position.
In addition, we have concerns about comments that occurred outside NBC News while Brian was talking about his experiences in the field.
Steve Burke, Pat Fili and I came to this decision together. We felt it would have been wrong to disregard the good work Brian has done and the special relationship he has forged with our viewers over 22 years. Millions of Americans have turned to him every day, and he has been an important and well-respected part of our organization.
As I’m sure you understand, this was a very hard decision. Certainly there will be those who disagree. But we believe this suspension is the appropriate and proportionate action.
Lester Holt will reportedly continue to substitute for Brian while he is on leave.
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As HollywoodLife.com previously reported, Brian made the decision to step down for several days after he “misremembered” a 2003 Iraq war mission.
Brian released a memo on Feb. 7 to NBC News staff:
“In the midst of a career spent covering and consuming news, it has become painfully apparent to me that I am presently too much a part of the news, due to my actions. Upon my return, I will continue my career-long effort to be worthy of the trust of those who place their trust in us.”
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— Julianne Ishler