- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Speaking for his first time publicly on the matter, former “NBC Nightly News” host Tom Brokaw said Monday that Brian Williams‘ recent suspension from the anchor chair for fabricating stories is a “really, really serious case.”

“There’s a process underway,” Mr. Brokaw, 75, said at an event held at the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics, CNN reported. “And the important thing is that the process is very carefully constructed, and we owe it to everybody — including Brian and his family and certainly the people who work at NBC News who risk their lives everyday, and to the integrity of what NBC News has stood for all these years — to let the process play out, to hear what the final conclusions are and then deal with it at that point.”

The “process” Mr. Brokaw cited is an internal fact-checking investigation into Mr. Williams stories, led by Richard Esposito, the news division’s head of investigations, CNN reported.

The former NBC anchor then commented on the speculation surrounding his and Mr. Williams‘ relationship.

“Brian and I had a cordial relationship,” Mr. Brokaw said. “You know, it was tricky because he succeeded me and I had my own strong feelings about how things should be done, but I never interfered with it. And I would make suggestions from time to time.

“Having said all of that, this is a really, really serious case, obviously,” he said, adding that it’s been “a very, very difficult time” for NBC and the people involved, CNN reported.

Mr. Brokaw’s comments come at a time of uncertainty about whether Mr. Williams, who is almost halfway through a six-month suspension, will ever return to anchor “Nightly News,” which is currently being hosted by Lester Holt, CNN reported.

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