Brian Williams stepping aside for ‘next several days’
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Brian Williams is stepping aside from his “NBC Nightly News” amid mounting questions about the accuracy of a story he told about an Iraq War mission in 2003.
“I have decided to take myself off of my daily broadcast for the next several days,” he said in a memo to colleagues.
Williams, the subject of an internal investigation by NBC, said “it has become painfully apparent to me that I am presently too much a part of the news, due to my actions.”
Lester Holt, anchor of NBC’s “Dateline,” will fill in for Williams.
“Upon my return, I will continue my career-long effort to be worthy of the trust of those who place their trust in us,” Williams added.
NBC has struggled to respond to a scandal that broke wide open on Wednesday when Williams apologized for claiming he was aboard a helicopter in 2003 that was struck by a rocket-propelled grenade. He was actually aboard a different helicopter. (Here’s how his story changed over time.)
In the wake of the embarrassing revelations, journalists have started to raise questions about Williams’ reporting about Hurricane Katrina as well.
By Brian Stelter