NBC President Deborah Turness announced Tuesday she is suspending Brian Williams for six months with no pay.
That could be a multi-million dollar penalty: In December, Williams signed a new five-year deal which Variety reported could be worth up to $10 million per year.
But why not fire him, as the pitchfork-bearing critics have demanded?
A suspension gives the network time to assess the damage Williams has done to his credibility. It also gives the network time to see if possible successors, like Lester Holt, can attract enough viewers to keep NBC from slipping out of first place in the evening news race. If not, NBC can rotate in other temporary replacements until they find a good fit.
Then, in mid-August, when TV news viewership is at its lowest, Williams could come back to work. Read more