‘Nightly News’ removes Williams from name

NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams (photo courtesy NBC News).

NEW YORK (MEDIA GENERAL) — On day one of Brian Williams’ suspension from “NBC Nightly News”, there were already changes.

Wednesday night, NBC announced it would alter the opening to its show and change graphics to remove the “with Brian Williams” part of “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams.” For now, it will simply be known as “NBC Nightly News.”

Lester Holt is filling in for Williams, but it’s unclear whether he’ll stay on the anchor desk for the entirety of Williams’ six-month suspension.

“Now, if I may on a personal note say it is an enormously difficult story to report. Brian is a member of our family. But so are you, our viewers, and we will work every night to be worthy of your trust,” Holt said in part during Wednesday night’s broadcast as he reported on the suspension of his collleague.

Williams is off the job for six moths without pay after controversy surrounding him ‘misremembering’ an incident that happened while he was reporting in Iraq in 2003 in which he said he was in a helicopter that was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade. Williams’ helicopter didn’t take any fire; rather, it was another helicopter in the same group.

After Tuesday night’s announcement by NBC brass that Williams was suspended, reaction poured in online. Some celebrities were more than happy to sound-off on the decision. Some thought Williams got off easy and others thought NBC overreacted.

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