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Update: Brian Williams suspended without pay for 6 months

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Updated 2/10/15 at 7:32 p.m.

(NBC) — Brian Williams has been suspended for six months without pay, effective immediately.

Lester Holt will continue in his capacity as anchor for Nightly News.

“This has been a painful period for all concerned and we appreciate your patience while we gathered the available facts. By his actions, Brian has jeopardized the trust millions of Americans place in NBC News.  His actions are inexcusable and this suspension is severe and appropriate.  Brian’s life’s work is delivering the news. I know Brian loves his country, NBC News and his colleagues. He deserves a second chance and we are rooting for him.  Brian has shared his deep remorse with me and he is committed to winning back everyone’s trust,” Steve Burke said.

 

(NBC) — Legendary reporter, Brian Williams has found himself in the middle of controversy after admitting to falsely reporting one of the details in a story in 2003.

After days of media attention and social discrediting, Williams released this statement.

“In the midst of a career spent covering and consuming news, it has become painfully apparent to me that I am presently too much a part of the news, due to my actions.

As Managing Editor of NBC Nightly News, I have decided to take myself off of my daily broadcast for the next several days, and Lester Holt has kindly agreed to sit in for me to allow us to adequately deal with this issue. Upon my return, I will continue my career-long effort to be worthy of the trust of those who place their trust in us.”

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