Morning Media Newsfeed: Stewart to Step Down | NBC Suspends Williams

Jon Stewart to leave The Daily Show. NBC suspends Brian Williams for six months without pay. These stories and more in today's Morning Media Newsfeed

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Jon Stewart Is Leaving The Daily Show (TVNewser)
Jon Stewart will step down from Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, according to the network. On Tuesday’s Daily Show taping, Stewart told viewers he would be leaving, though no precise date for his departure was made. FishbowlNY On Twitter, journalists were in a state of disbelief that the Emmy Award-winning mentor to John Oliver, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell and so many more talents in front of and behind the camera is hanging it up. Stewart will be exiting sometime later this year. THR / The Live Feed Stewart, who joined the network in 1999, turned The Daily Show into a phenomenon when he stepped into Craig Kilborn’s former post. It has spent much of the time since as the highest-rated late-night talk show among younger viewers, and it has become one of the most influential political programs in the U.S. — despite its satirical nature. HuffPost The show is Comedy Central’s longest running program other than South Park. At its peak, The Daily Show boasted more than 3 million nightly viewers. It has won 19 Emmy Awards, two Peabody Awards, and inspired three popular spin-offs: The Colbert Report, Last Week Tonight, and The Nightly Show. Stewart had previously taken a leave of absence in 2013 to direct the film Rosewater. Mashable Comedy Central plans to continue its flagship series with a new host, people close to the situation said. What wasn’t immediately clear was what Stewart planned to do next. He made his directorial debut with Rosewater at the Toronto Film Festival and spoke rapturously of the experience throughout his press tour.

NBC Suspends Brian Williams for Six Months Without Pay (TVNewser)
NBC News has announced that Brian Williams will be suspended as managing editor and anchor of NBC Nightly News for six months. NBC News president Deborah Turness says she, along with NBCU CEO Steve Burke and NBC News Group head Pat Fili, told Williams of their decision earlier Tuesday. FishbowlDC The suspension is effectively 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. Lester Holt will continue to anchor NBC Nightly News in Williams’ absence. FishbowlNY “Brian misrepresented events which occurred while he was covering the Iraq War in 2003,” wrote Turness. “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.” NYT His departure culminated a rapid and startling fall from grace for Williams, who at age 55 was the head of the highest-rated evening news show, the winner of top industry accolades, a coveted speaker at dinners and panels, and a frequent celebrity guest on entertainment shows. For NBC, the suspension provides at least a temporary solution to the crisis that has engulfed the network since Williams admitted last week that he had misled the public with the helicopter story.

The Guardian Hires Chelsea Manning (Mediaite)
The Guardian’s U.S. news wing announced on Tuesday that it has hired Chelsea Manning (formerly known as Bradley Manning) as a contributing opinion writer. The Guardian’s U.S. editor-in-chief Katharine Viner announced the news on Twitter, adding that Manning will write about “war, gender [and] freedom of information.” HuffPost Currently serving a 35-year sentence in federal prison for supplying thousands of classified military documents to WikiLeaks, Manning has written on such topics before. In December, she penned an essay for The Guardian titled “I Am A Transgender Woman And The Government Is Denying My Civil Rights,” and in June she wrote a piece for The New York Times blasting the U.S. government for keeping information from the American people. FishbowlNY The Guardian U.S. has also added Sabrina Siddiqui and Ben Jacobs as political reporters. Siddiqui comes to The Guardian from The Huffington Post, where she served in a similar role. Jacobs most recently worked as a political reporter for The Daily Beast.