Mar 09, 2011 3:44 PM GMT
Embattled NPR CEO Vivian Schiller resigned Wednesday after a hidden-camera video was released showing a fellow executive criticizing Republicans as "anti-intellectual" and calling the Tea Party "racist."
The resignation caps a tumultuous period for Schiller and comes just two days after she delivered a major speech in Washington outlining her vision for NPR's future. NPR Board of Directors Chairman Dave Edwards, in a statement on NPR's website, said the board accepted Schiller's decision, which is "effective immediately," with regret.
"The Board accepted her resignation with understanding, genuine regret, and great respect for her leadership of NPR these past two years," he said.
The announcement was made one day after a conservative activist released an undercover video showing an NPR senior executive criticizing conservatives. NPR swiftly condemned the comments by Ron Schiller, who is not related to Vivian Schiller. Ron Schiller later apologized and, though he was already planning to leave NPR to join the Aspen Institute, said his resignation as a senior vice president and president of the NPR Foundation would be effective immediately.
But the video was gaining traction in the media by then, potentially distracting from Vivian Schiller's message in her speech Monday in which she stressed NPR's objectivity.