‘A Difficult Few Days’: NBC News President Addresses Brian Williams in Internal Memo
NBC News President Deborah Turness sent out an internal memo to NBC employees today, obtained by Mediaite, addressing the “difficult few days” they’ve had after Brian Williams admitted he’d been telling a false story about being shot at in an Iraqi helicopter for years.
Turness says both she and Williams spoke with Williams’ team at NBC Nightly News yesterday, and this morning Williams apologized at the NBC editorial meeting.
As for what steps they’re taking, Turness simply says that they have a team collecting the facts (seemingly corroborating earlier reports about an internal investigation) and “we’re working on what the best next steps are – and when we have something to communicate we will of course share it with you.”
You can read the full memo here:
This has been a difficult few days for all of us at NBC News.
Yesterday, Brian and I spoke to the Nightly News team. And this morning at the Editorial Exchange, we both addressed the wider group. Brian apologized once again, and specifically expressed how sorry he is for the impact this has had on all of you and on this proud organization.
As you would expect, we have a team dedicated to gathering the facts to help us make sense of all that has transpired. We’re working on what the best next steps are – and when we have something to communicate we will of course share it with you.
Since joining NBC News, I’ve seen great strength and resilience. We are a close-knit family, and your response this week has made that even clearer.
As a relentless news agenda marches on, thank you again for continuing to do what we do best – bring the most important stories of the day to our audience.
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