The memo by Turness was one product of a nearly day-long meeting of top NBC News executives.
The network has struggled to respond to a scandal that broke wide open on Wednesday when Williams apologized for claiming he was aboard a helicopter in 2003 that was struck by a rocket-propelled grenade. He was actually aboard a different helicopter. (Here's how his story changed over time.)
In the wake of the embarrassing revelations, journalists have started to raise questions about Williams' reporting about Hurricane Katrina as well.
Williams has said nothing publicly about the controversy since Wednesday night. But he profusely apologized to his colleagues at a Friday morning editorial meeting and said he took "full responsibility" for his mistakes involving the Iraq story.
An NBC source said Williams will anchor his "NBC Nightly News" on Friday night.
Meanwhile, inside the halls of NBC, and certainly within the halls of its rivals, executives and employees are asking if Williams "can survive this."
"NBC News is dawdling. They need to suspend Brian Williams and announce a process that includes press access and an internal investigation," former MSNBC.com editor in chief Merrill Brown wrote on Twitter on Friday.
Now the investigation is taking place, though it is reportedly being led by one of the network's own producers, not an outside examiner.
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