NBC News President Addresses Brian Williams Internal Inquiry in Staff Memo

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"As you would expect, we have a team dedicated to gathering the facts to help us make sense of all that has transpired," writes Deborah Turness.

The escalating situation of Brian Williams recanting his statements about coming under fire while reporting in Iraq has prompted an internal investigation at NBC News.

NBC News president Deborah Turness addressed the Nightly News anchor's tumultuous week in a staff-wide memo, sent out Friday afternoon, noting that a team has been enlisted to "make sense" of what transpired in Williams' inaccurate account of what happened 12 years ago.



For his part, Williams made a public apology during Wednesday's telecast of Nightly News — though continued coverage and criticism of the anchor did not prompt him to speak any further on the matter during Thursday's episode.

Read Turness' full memo below:


All,

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.

Deborah

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