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Brian Williams to take hiatus from ‘NBC Nightly News’

Embattled “NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams told NBC News staff in a memo Saturday he will stop hosting the daily broadcast “for the next several days.”

While Williams takes a hiatus, “Nightly News” weekend anchor Lester Holt will fill in for long enough for NBC News “to adequately deal with this issue,” according to the memo. When his break ends, Williams says he will continue “my career-long effort to be worthy of the trust of those who place their trust in us.”

Here’s the memo:

In the midst of a career spent covering and consuming news, it has become painfully apparent to me that I am presently too much a part of the news, due to my actions.

As Managing Editor of NBC Nightly News, I have decided to take myself off of my daily broadcast for the next several days, and Lester Holt has kindly agreed to sit in for me to allow us to adequately deal with this issue.

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Pilot of Brian Williams’ helicopter in Iraq: ‘We took small arms fire’

Update: The pilot interviewed by CNN and quoted in this article is no longer standing by his story. In a text message to CNN’s Brian Stelter Friday morning, the pilot said the following:

“The information I gave you was true based on my memories, but at this point I am questioning my memories that I may have forgotten or left something out.”

Brian Williams gained some support Thursday from the pilot of the Chinook helicopter that Williams was aboard during the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

CNN, landed an exclusive interview with retired Chief Warrant Officer 4, U.S. Army Rich Krell, who told CNN he was piloting Williams’ chopper.

Krell provided key details that may explain inconsistencies in what Williams reported and what soldiers said actually happened. Read more

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Brian Williams and the resistance of memory

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Veterans force NBC’s Brian Williams to apologize

NBC News anchor Brian Williams said on the evening broadcast Wednesday that he made a mistake when he said on air last week that he had been in a military helicopter that was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade in the early days of the American invasion of Iraq 12 years ago.

On Friday, Williams had told a story on air about a veteran he met in Iraq. They stayed in touch over the years and Williams invited the soldier to a hockey game. At the game, they were surprised that the game announcer told the crowd about the chance encounter after Williams’ chopper was shot down.

Williams said on the air:

“The story actually started with a terrible moment a dozen years back during the invasion of Iraq when the helicopter we were traveling in was forced down after being hit by an RPG. Read more

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Weather Channel’s Mike Seidel was not caught with his pants down

The Weather Channel’s Mike Seidel has taken a lot of ribbing about what he was doing live on network TV this weekend.  But he didn’t do what online news sites and YouTubers suggest he did.

Seidel was reporting from Sugar Mountain, North Carolina Saturday where an early season storm dropped 10 inches of snow. NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt introduced Seidel while the meteorologist’s back was turned to the camera. Seidel was hunched over fiddling with something. To an awful lot of people who saw Holt dump out of the live shot, it appeared Seidel was zipping up his pants, having answered nature’s call.

The NY Daily news headline taunted, “NBC meteorologist Mike Seidel appears to relieve himself during broadcast.”

But that is not what happened at all, said Shirley Powell, the Weather Channel’s spokesperson.  Read more

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Former NBC Journalist/Executive Paula Madison Finds the Story of Her Life

Paula Madison shocked her colleagues when she walked away from television in October, 2011. She was 58 and an executive vice president at NBC.

“I wanted to find my family,” she told me. “I knew that everything I had done, from majoring in black studies at Vassar College to studying the Caribbean and China, then being a reporter and developing my world view, all of this, I realize was getting me ready for something.”

It was getting her ready to report the greatest story of her life.  Her own.

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Paula Madison (Photo Courtesy Madison Media Management)

Paula Williams Madison and her brothers Elrick and Howard grew up in Harlem, raised by their immigrant single mother Nell Vera Lowe.  There was a time when they depended on welfare to get by. Read more

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NBC correspondent Kerry Sanders injured by broken TV light

NBC correspondent Kerry Sanders said in a Twitter post Thursday that he suffered serious eye injuries while covering the Michael Dunn trial in Jacksonville, Fla., in February.

 

In the post that he attached to his tweet, Sanders explained that the injuries were caused by a malfunctioning HMI TV light that slowly damaged his corneas while he reported live on the Today Show, MSNBC and NBC Nightly News.

Sanders wrote in his post that the light fried the skin on his face and: “Not only could I not see, but my eyes burned in pain as if two hot coals smoldered in my sockets. Read more

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FILE- In this Jan. 13, 2012 file photo, U. S. skier Bode Miller looks at the scoreboard after finishing third in a alpine ski, men's World Cup super-combined, in Wengen, Switzerland. On Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, Miller’s estranged girlfriend, Sara McKenna, regained temporary custody of their infant son. (AP Photo/Marco Trovati, File)

Olympian Bode Miller: ‘Be Gentle With Christin Cooper’ for NBC interview

Olympic skier Bode Miller told his Twitter followers that NBC’s Christin Cooper was doing her job when she asked him questions about his brother who died last year. Miller cried and viewers jumped online to complain. (Watch the interview here.) Read more

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#JFK: media organizations taking new look at old news

Cape Cod Times | Associated Press | Huffington Post | The Washington Post | Fox News | CNN | Los Angeles Times | NBC | Boston.com | The Dallas Morning News | The New York Times | USA Today | Reuters

The news today, in many parts of the country, is about something that happened in Dallas 50 years ago. But now, the retelling of JFK’s assassination is unfolding in a way quite different than it did then — through social media.

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NBC Nightly News issues correction for wiping New Hampshire off the map

Tuesday night’s episode of NBC Nightly News ended with something you rarely see in a television newscast: an on air correction.

According to anchor Brian Williams, after viewers and at least one U.S. Senator complained that a graphic from Monday night’s newscast left New Hampshire off a map, the NBC broadcast acknowledged and corrected its error. And it did so with style.

Here’s how Williams ended the broadcast:

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Clear, apologetic, and with a nice mixture of playfulness, humility and random facts. (Tupperware! Paper towels!)

Best of all, Williams and NBC made their correction something worth watching, rather than hurriedly tacking it on as the credits rolled.

Others seemed to agree:

 

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