A day after NBC announced that it would be suspending Nightly News anchor Brian Williams over his Iraq war helicopter story, the network expunged all references of the embattled journalist from its broadcast, website and social media platforms.
The network changed the name of the broadcast from NBC Nightly News With Brian Williams to simply NBC Nightly News.
Before and after screenshots of the Nightly News website show Williams' face and name have been removed.
He was also dropped from the program's Facebook page.
The network also altered their photo to promote the show's hashtag on Facebook.
The replacement image removed all traces of Williams:
NBC News announced Tuesday night that it would be suspending Williams from his position for six months, following an investigation into a story he told about Iraq.
Williams' story came under scrutiny after Stars and Stripes reported U.S. military personnel disputed his story that he was aboard a helicopter downed in Iraq in 2003.
Williams apologized for "misremembering" the story on Feb. 4, and said on Saturday that he was temporarily stepping down because it had "become painfully apparent to me that I am presently too much a part of the news, due to my actions." He has not said anything publicly since his suspension was announced.
"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.
Michelle Broder Van Dyke is a reporter and night editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Hawaii.
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