NBC Suspends Brian Williams for Six Months

Courtesy: WikiMedia
Courtesy: WikiMedia

Courtesy: WikiMedia

By LuLu Romano 02-11-15

NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams is suspended for six months without pay for misleading the public about his experience in the Iraq war. NBC executive Steve Burke said Williams’ actions were inexcusable and jeopardized the trust he has built up with viewers. Burke added that Williams deserved a second chance because he had spent a decade as the network’s lead anchor.

The network’s decision came less than a week after Williams apologized for saying on the air that he was in a helicopter hit by a grenade in 2003.  Meanwhile, what happened involved him being in a group of helicopters, and another was hit. Some veterans involved in the mission called him out on it.

NBC News will continue to investigate his statements. In the meantime, Lester Holt, Williams’ primary substitute, will fill in for him during the six-month suspension according to the station.