Brian Williams suspended for 6 months without pay; ‘deserves second chance’

Brian Williams suspended for 6 months without pay; ‘deserves second chance’

[Ed. – Well, at least it’s without pay.]

NBC News anchor Brian Williams was suspended Tuesday for six months without pay after admitting that he wrongly reported being under fire during the Iraq war.

NBC News president Deborah Turness announced the decision to staff Tuesday night in a memo.

“We have decided today to suspend Brian Williams as managing editor and anchor of NBC Nightly News for six months,” Ms. Turness said. “The suspension will be without pay and is effective immediately.” …

In addition to Mr. Williams‘ false claims about his helicopter being forced down by enemy fire in Iraq, Ms. Turness said she and other executives at Comcast-NBCUniversal had “concerns about comments that occurred outside NBC News while Brian was talking about his experiences in the field.” The memo was first reported by Politico.

Steve Burke, CEO of NBCUniversal, is quoted in the Turness memo as saying Mr. Williams‘ actions “are inexcusable and this suspension is severe and appropriate.” But he also said Mr. Williams “deserves a second chance and we are rooting for him.”

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