NBC News has suspended Brian Williams as managing editor and anchor of NBC Nightly News for six months without pay, according to an internal staff memo.
Williams was notified of his suspension today. It is effective immediately and comes after an internal investigation into the veteran anchor’s false remarks about being in a helicopter that was shot down while covering the Iraq war.
From the memo:
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.
Lester Holt will continue to anchor the NBC Nightly News in Williams’ absence.