NPR CEO Vivian Schiller resigned Wednesday following comments by an NPR fundraising exec who criticized the Tea Party on a video to people posing as prospective donors. Tuesday, a videotape surfaced of then-NPR fundraiser Ron Schiller (no relation) slamming conservatives and questioning whether NPR needs federal funding. His comments were secretly recorded by men posing as members of a Muslim organization.
While conservatives have accused the network of having a liberal bias, the New York Times reports that Schiller was quick to condemn those remarks by Ronald Schiller who recently moved up his planned exit from NPR to leave immediately. Vivian Schiller had also drawn criticism for NPR’s handling of the dismissal of a political commentator Juan Williams.
In a statement, the NPR Chairman Dave Edwards said, “It is with deep regret that I tell you that the NPR board of directors has accepted the resignation of Vivian Schiller as President/CEO of NPR, effective immediately. The board accepted her resignation with understanding, genuine regret, and great respect for her leadership of NPR these past two years.”
Joyce Slocum, Senior VP of Legal Affairs and General Counsel, is appointed as interim CEO.