Here’s How ‘Today’ Reported the Brian Williams Suspension

By Chris Ariens 

NBC’s “Today” show, which has had its share of personnel challenges, spent several minutes this morning covering the news of the 6-month, unpaid suspension of Brian Williams from “NBC Nightly News.” Peter Alexander reported the details 10 minutes into the show, followed by Savannah Guthrie and Matt Lauer giving their personal thoughts:

Lauer: It probably goes without saying, but this is a difficult for us to report on because it is so personal in so many ways. Most importantly Brian is not only a colleague of ours here, but he’s a really good friend.

Guthrie: We all care a lot about Brian. That’s what makes it so hard. We also care a lot about this place, the standards of NBC News. And that’s what NBC is trying to balance here. We can only say we wish the best for Brian in this time. We hope the best for NBC as well and we look forward to Brian’s return.

Lauer: Can we also say a thank you to Lester Holt who brings his enormous skills to “Nightly News” on an interim basis during very difficult circumstances. So Lester, thank you to you.