NBC anchor is taken off air for six months – without pay – after claiming to have been on a helicopter hit by a grenade in Iraq
|NBC news anchor Brian Williams Photo: Getty Images|
NBC announced Tuesday that it is suspending Brian Williams as Nightly News anchor and managing editor for six months without pay for misleading the public about his experiences covering the Iraq War.
The network’s decision came less than a week after Mr Williams apologised for saying on the air that he was in a helicopter hit by a grenade in 2003. Instead, another helicopter flying ahead of his was hit, and some veterans involved in the mission called him out on it.
Steve Burke, NBC chief executive said Mr Williams jeopardised the trust he had built up with viewers during his decade as the network’s lead anchor.
“His actions are inexcusable and this suspension is severe and appropriate,” said Mr Burke, adding that the anchor deserved a second chance.
“Brian has shared his deep remorse with me and he is committed to winning back everyone’s trust.”