National Public Radio CEO resigns
March 9th, 2011
09:24 AM ET
3 years ago

National Public Radio CEO resigns

Washington (CNN) - National Public Radio CEO Vivian Schiller resigned Wednesday, according to NPR.

Schiller's resignation comes a day after Ron Schiller, NPR's former senior vice president for fundraising, was shown in an undercover video calling the Tea Party "racist" and "scary" and questioning whether NPR needs federal funding. Ron Schiller, no relation to Vivian Schiller, issued an apology Tuesday night and said his already-announced resignation would be effective immediately.

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  1. Cleveland, OH

    The fact is that NPR would be better off without Federal funding. They only get about 10% of their operating revenue from this source, the rest is from donations and syndication. As such they are taking a lot less from the Federal teat than a lot of major corporations.

    March 9, 2011 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  2. SuperD

    NPR is nothing but a bunch of out of control Liberals with Federal Funding. Pull the plug on them and see if they can survive in the real world.

    This is a perfect example of Federal Govt overreach. Ask yourself. Why is the Govt in the Radio and TV business? Why is the Govt. involved in Planned Parenthood? Why are we spending money on non-essential things? The Founding Fathers never had things like this in mind when they formed this Nation.

    I totally support anyone who's on a mission to curb the size of the Federal Govt. It sure the heck aint going to happen with Obama in office. That's job #1. DUMP OBAMA AND THE DEMOCRATS

    March 9, 2011 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  3. terry, va

    Why did she fall on the sword? Ron Schiller should resign if anyone. I think the repubs are going to grant Ron's wish of no taxpayer funding. Will the dumbocraps go along with that even though one of NPR's programs fully finances their expenses? Time to shut the funds off to ALL duplicate programs, and tax breaks to G.E. and big oil.

    March 9, 2011 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  4. The Other Dale

    Good luck to her and others. NPR is a great non-partisan news radio network that unfortunately tends to tick off people who refused to take off their Tea-Party-issued rose-colored glasses. Everyone will have to give NPR credit for cleaning house when there is even a smack of concern about being unbalanced. Which is more than one can say for Fox. Ah, but Fox and certain Republicans will be a bunch of hysterical crybabies – as typical – and talk about how their feelings got hurt that one guy who – blatantly saying in the video that he wasn't speakign for NPR – doesn't like Tea Partiers. I long for the day when Republicans show a bit of backbone again, but alas those days seem long gone.

    March 9, 2011 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  5. Ancient Texan

    Good riddance. This far left propaganda machine has been missusing federal funding and the people in charge need to go. If and when NPR becomes a nuetral voice, then funding could be looked at again.

    March 9, 2011 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  6. FRO

    This crew ambushes liberals because the conservatives dont need help sticking a foot in mouth! ;)

    March 9, 2011 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  7. Chedar

    Great and courageous lady. This are the kind of CEO that should run big corporation. Go lady!

    March 9, 2011 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  8. Wayne Vaughan

    Juan Williams must be grinning from ear-to-ear!

    March 9, 2011 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  9. Mike

    So telling the truth can cost you your job?

    March 9, 2011 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  10. RS

    Why would she resign? Ron Schiller was telling the absolute truth! These Tea Party idiots are willing to completely destroy our way of life for budget cuts that only their uninformed constituents think will help. And they are racist, because every single cut they want to make hurts the weakest of our population, be that the poor, children, elderly, or endangered animals. A lot of those are minorities (minus the animals of course). Plus the educated, because they are becoming an endangered species in America, and they are who listen to NPR.

    March 9, 2011 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  11. Steph

    Shame, more people should slam the tea party.

    March 9, 2011 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  12. sara

    I find that NPR to be the most respectful NEWS reporting organization in America today. This brings to mind that the republicans Do NOT want accurate reporting, just theatrics such as Fox News. First you have them "slamming" MSM as to say they are "not" news...while holding up their political "arm" Fox News as fair and balance with the likes of Racist O'Reilly, Beck and Sarah. Ms. Schiller Should Not have Resigned for an employer's personal comment that reflected the majority of America's attitude and thoughts of the tea party. The GOP so-called "budget cuts" are political at best. Be it NPR, Smithsonian, poor babies and mothers, unions, heating assistance for the elderly and poor are all designed to "cripple" this nation's basic decency and break the "will of the American people" to allow for a Dictatorial run country. America Needs to Stop sitting on the sidelines and start to address these issues for What IT IS and meant to do to our country in the Long Term. Next, they will go after ABC, NBC and CBS as they have Fox and CNN to help with their " propaganda " of Hate, Fear and Division.

    March 9, 2011 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  13. Earthchild

    It is unfortunate, but the guy spoke the truth.

    March 9, 2011 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  14. Charlie from the North

    The Tea party is dangerous. Maybe they are not racist, that remains to be seen. But calling them dangerous is more like a fact. Listen to what they want to do. They want to be seen a dangerous. Calling them on it is nothing to apologize for. It saddens me and it stinks of McCarthyism to have these people lose their jobs for speaking the truth.

    March 9, 2011 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  15. Bill

    Not sure why she should resign over the most recent embarrasemnt. All it did was confirm what everyone know. It is a biased organization. If they weren't funded with our taxpayer dollars I could care less. But if they want taxpayer funding they should be presenting balanced views. Clearly, she should have been canned over the Juan Williams issue.

    March 9, 2011 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  16. Old School

    And that's how the cookie crumbles

    March 9, 2011 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  17. Unpaid Bill

    It amazes me how those at NPR can act so shocked by any Republican criticisms, yet can spout all types of verbal excrement and get upset when called on it.

    March 9, 2011 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  18. Oy Vey Az

    Apparently Freedom of Speech only applies to "post a comment" schmucks like us. So let me say it out loud for those in the spotlight who can't ... The Tea Party is full of scary Baby Boomers, and their ideas are stupid knee jerk reactions related to old age, bad eyes, and hairy ears … Uffta!

    March 9, 2011 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  19. James

    The question that remains here is whether or not the conversation was private, to limit one's capacity of free speech by affiliation is infringement by no other name. Sounds similar to the sting that was had with anti-abortion group not too long ago, same pathetic tactics.

    March 9, 2011 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  20. Panama

    Na na na na – na na na na hey hey good bye! Good riddens zorra

    March 9, 2011 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  21. Scott cody

    Juan Williams was right all along. Look who's laughing now!

    March 9, 2011 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  22. Matt

    Can someone please tell me what the scandal is here? Mr. Schiller made it clear that his views were his own and not those of NPR and shouldn't be construed as representative of anyone else's besides himself. Even as an executive to such a high-profile media outlet as NPR can have an opinion?

    March 9, 2011 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  23. Matt

    *can't he have an opinion?

    March 9, 2011 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  24. Four and The Door

    The argument about who comprises the Tea Party is a weak and pathetic attempt by the Democrats to counter a strong, patriotic and common sense movement that is rocking their little free spending big government world. The fact that a senior executive at NPR apparently bought into this lie is a good reason for significant changes, including a review of the question," Is this an appropriate way to spend precious taxpayer money?".

    March 9, 2011 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  25. Name Doven

    I don't get it, they are getting in trouble for their own opinion on the tea party?

    March 9, 2011 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
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