NPR announced on Wednesday that the public radio network’s board had accepted the resignation of its chief executive, Vivian Schiller.Read the rest here.
Controversy has swirled around NPR in recent months, as Republicans in Congress have sought to reduce or eliminate money for NPR from the federal budget and as conservatives have accused the network of having a liberal bias. Most recently, a political activist released a video clip showing a fundraising executive giving harsh personal views of the Tea Party movement in a meeting with people posing as prospective donors.
Ms. Schiller was quick to condemn those remarks, made by Glenn Schiller, who is no relation to her, and Mr. Schiller moved up his already planned departure from NPR to leave immediately.
But Ms. Schiller had also drawn criticism for the network’s handling of the dismissal of a political commentator, Juan Williams.
Ms. Schiller joined NPR in January 2009 after serving as a senior vice president at The New York Times Company, where she was general manager of nytimes.com.