NBC News memo: 'This has been a difficult few days for all of us'

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The fallout from Brian Williams' disputed war story has been marked by "difficult days" for NBC News, according to a staff memo from NBC News President Deborah Turness Friday.

According to the memo, NBC News has convened a team dedicated to "gathering the facts to help us make sense of all that has transpired," around the incident. Williams and Turness both addressed the Nightly News team Thursday, and the wider NBC News staff Friday. At that meeting, Williams reiterated his apology for the "impact this has had" on NBC News.

Here's the memo:


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.


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