Tom Brokaw, who anchored the NBC Nightly News for more than two decades, expressed confidence in the program and counseled restraint in speculating over the Brian Williams controversy.
Williams is serving a six-month suspension in the wake of an internal review of acknowledged misstatements about his experiences in the early days of the Iraq war.
The Nightly News team "goes out and covers the news better than anyone else I know in broadcast journalism," said Brokaw, who brought the show to the top of the nightly news ratings during his nearly 23-year tenure as the show's anchor and managing editor.
Regarding Williams, Brokaw said "there's been far too much speculation, so just let the process play out and we'll see how it turns out."
Brokaw made the comments in an interview with NBC4's Whit Johnson about his upcoming TV special on great world leaders.
Featuring interviews with Nelson Mandela, Mikhail Gorbachev and George H.W. Bush, Brokaw's special, "The Men Who Changed the World," airs on the American Heroes Channel Saturday, Feb. 28, at 10 p.m.