WBUR GM Speaks About Resignation Of NPR CEOPlay
As we've been reporting throughout the day, NPR's president and CEO, Vivian Schiller, announced her departure Wednesday morning. In her absence, NPR's top lawyer, Joyce Slocum, will become the network's interim CEO.
Schiller offered her resignation — and NPR's board of directors accepted it — after a secretly videotaped meeting showed a top NPR fundraiser criticizing Republicans and Tea Party members. That video was leaked on Tuesday.
Because of that video, and because of NPR's earlier controversial firing of news analyst Juan Williams, the chair of NPR's board, Dave Edwards, said that Schiller had lost the ability to be an effective leader.
Even some dedicated listeners may not understand the distinction between this station and NPR. WBUR is an NPR member station. It buys content from NPR and it brands itself as Boston's NPR news station. But WBUR is independent, and it has no say in editorial or management decisions at NPR.
So what does all of this change at NPR mean for member stations such as WBUR? To get an answer to that, WBUR's All Things Considered host Sacha Pfeiffer spoke with WBUR General Manager Charles Kravetz.
This program aired on March 9, 2011.