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NPR Chief Executive Forced to Quit Over Hidden Camera Video

By Newsmax Wires   |   Wednesday, 09 Mar 2011 09:47 AM

NPR President and CEO Vivian Schiller has resigned in the wake of another NPR executive's comments that angered conservatives and renewed calls to end federal funding for public broadcasting.

The chairman of NPR's board of directors announced Wednesday morning that he has accepted Schiller's resignation, effective immediately.

NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik said in a tweet that the board forced Schiller out.

A hidden-camera video of then-NPR fundraiser Ron Schiller (no relation to Vivian) calling the tea party racist and saying the network would be better off without federal money led to his immediate resignation.

As Newsmax reported Tuesday, Ron Schiller's insults of conservatives, Christians, and other denominations prompted many, including Catholic League President Bill Donohue, to renew calls to yank NPR's federal funding of about $90 million. Ron Schiller was NPR Foundation president and development vice president for NPR.


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