“From NBC News world headquarters in New York, this is NBC Nightly News. Reporting tonight, Lester Holt.” So began the first night of Brian Williams‘ six-month suspension away from the NBC newscast he has led for more than a decade. The narration and graphics were scrubbed of Williams’ name, as was the set itself. Tonight even the “Nightly News” website and Twitter account had been edited to remove Williams’ name and image.
Holt did make reference to Williams’ absence, relating the decision by NBC News to suspend the anchor, and then adding, “if I may, on a personal note, say it’s an enormously difficult story to report,” Holt said. “Brian is a member of our family, but so are you, our viewers. We will work every night to be worthy of your trust.”