News broke this morning that NPR president and CEO Vivian Schiller resigned after the former SVP of fundraising for the organization Ron Schiller (no relation) was caught on tape making disparaging remarks about the Tea Party and raising questions about whether NPR needs federal funding.

An abrupt CEO resignation always poses big comms questions for an organization, with the biggest being: Does the organization have a succession plan in place? (NPR does. The group’s statement after the jump.) In these situations, stakeholders wonder whether the organization will crumble because of a leadership vacuum. Organizations – and their new leaders – need to reassure them quickly.

But in this case, NPR has the equally huge problems of both scandal and opposition.

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