NBC suspends Brian Williams for 6 months without pay

Global News

NEW YORK — NBC says it is suspending Brian Williams as Nightly News anchor and managing editor for six months without pay for misleading the public about his experiences covering the Iraq War.

NBC Chief Executive Steve Burke said Tuesday that Williams jeopardized the trust he has built up with viewers during his decade as the network’s lead anchor.

“His actions are inexcusable and this suspension is severe and appropriate,” Burke said. But he said Williams “deserves a second chance and we are rooting for him. Brian has shared his deep remorse with me and he is committed to winning back everyone’s trust.”

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Williams declined to comment following the announcement.

NBC News President Deborah Turness said the review of Williams’ work by NBC’s investigative editor Richard Esposito, together with the network’s general counsel, is continuing. She said she…

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