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NBC News Digital Chief (And Former NPR CEO) Vivian Schiller Talks About Her New Gig

Newly-minted NBC News chief digital officer Vivian Schiller talks to Ad Week about her new gig, as well as her departure from NPR.

Schiller says that NBC News already does some things well in the digital space:

What’s NBC News already doing that’s cool or innovative?

NBC News has done a remarkable job of building community around its programs, particularly the Today show. The team translates the tone and voice of the Today show to the digital platform. You feel compelled to go there throughout the day because it’s got the sense of the personalities, lifestyle without the snarkiness. There’s also some really interesting stuff going on in social media. I really admire what Ryan Osborn, the social media guy, is doing. I literally have not met him in person, but I follow him on Twitter.

Later in the interview, she was asked about political bias at NPR, and whether MSNBC may face similar challenges:

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Vivian Schiller Joins NBC News as Chief Digital Officer

Former NPR president and CEO Vivian Schiller is joining NBC News as Chief Digital Officer, reporting to NBC News president Steve Capus.

In the new position, Schiller will oversee the network’s digital extensions on the web and in mobile, for both MSNBC and NBC News. She’ll also provide direction to the network’s emerging properties and

“With Vivian’s help, NBC News will be recognized as the premier broadcast news organization in America, as well as the most innovative, comprehensive and trusted news operation,” said Capus in a news release.

In a note to staff, obtained by TVNewser, Capus writes, “This addition to the team will free up some time for Mark Lukasiewicz as he continues to excel in the planning and execution of NBC News specials, political debates, election coverage and big events.”

Schiller resigned from NPR in March following the release of an undercover video of NPR’s fund-raising head referring to the Tea Party “racist” and “scary.”

Before NPR, Schiller was Senior Vice President and General Manager of and before that was Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Discovery Times Channel.

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Former NPR Chief Vivian Schiller to NBC News?

Former NPR chief executive Vivian Schiller is closing in on a new job at NBC News, according to All Things D’s Peter Kafka. Kafka reports that Schiller would be tasked with overseeing digital special projects.

People familiar with the company say Schiller, who once ran the New York Times’ Web site, will report to NBC News chief Steve Capus. Both Schiller and NBC declined to comment.

Schiller resigned from NPR in March, following the release of an embarrassing undercover video shot by conservative filmmaker James O’Keefe.

House Votes to Defund NPR

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that effectively would end government funding of National Public Radio. The bill now goes to the U.S. Senate, where it has effectively no chance of passing.

The votes were strictly along party lines, with all Democrats opposing the measure, along with all but seven Republicans.

The bill does not affect funds for PBS.

The passage comes a week after NPR CEO Vivian Schiller resigned from the organization, following the release of an undercover video that appeared to show an NPR fund-raising employee saying some unfortunate things about the Tea Party, and questioning NPR’s need for government funding.

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NPR CEO Vivian Schiller Resigns

Breaking: NPR president and CEO Vivian Schiller has submitted her resignation to the Board of the pubic broadcaster following an embarrassing undercover video captured Ron Schiller, NPR’s former senior vice president for fund-raising, and no relation to Vivian Schiller, calling the Tea Party “racist” and “scary” and questioning whether NPR needs federal funding.

Ron Schiller stepped down from NPR yesterday.

Vivian Schiller’s resignation also follows the very public firing from NPR of Fox News analyst Juan Williams which later cost Ellen Weiss, head of news at NPR, her job.

At the time of Weiss’ firing in January, the NPR board “expressed confidence in Vivian Schiller’s leadership going forward.” Less than three months later, Schiller is out of a job.

Interestingly, Schiller was to be in New York today and in fact at our mediabistro studios to tape an interview for our MediaBeat video series. An NPR publicist informed us yesterday that Schiller’s trip to New York was “cut short” and that the interview would be postponed for a second time.

NPR’s release after the jump.

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Juan Williams on NPR Firing: ‘They were looking for a reason to get rid of me, because I appear on Fox News’

Juan Williams will be hosting “The O’Reilly Factor” tonight, but last night he was on the show talking about his firing from NPR.

“They were looking for a reason to get rid of me, because I appear on Fox News,” said Williams to O’Reilly. “They don’t want me talking to you.”

O’Reilly played a clip of NPR president Vivian Schiller‘s appearance during a speech yesterday where she said, “Juan feels the way he feels, that’s not for me to pass judgment on. The feelings he expressed on Fox News are between his psychiatrist or his publicist take your pick. But they are not compatible with the role of a news analyst on NPR’s air.” Schiller later apologized, but Williams pointed out on “O’Reilly”, that she didn’t apologize to him.

NLP Event in NYC

Tonight, NPR President Vivian Schiller, NYTimes Co Chairman Arthur Sulzberger, CNN’s Soledad O’Brian, and ABC News President David Westin will host an event at the Time Warner Center in NYC for the News Literacy Project whose mission is to “help youth sort through what is fact versus fiction in this new digital age.” O’Brien will also moderate a Q&A.

Iranian Court Sentences Roxana Saberi to 8 Years For Spying

Saberi_4.18.bmpAfter a five-day trial held behind closed doors, an Iranian court has sentenced Iranian-American journalist Roxana Saberi, to eight years in prison. The former Miss North Dakota, who’d been working in Iran as a freelance reporter, was convicted of spying for the United States.

31-year-old Saberi has reported for NPR, “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer”, and Fox News Channel, among others as the Tehran bureau chief for Feature Story News. Her press credentials were revoked in 2006.

The Obama administration has called the charges against Saberi baseless and is demanding her release.

Saberi grew up in North Dakota and graduated from Concordia College. She was Miss North Dakota 1997 and worked briefly at KVLY-TV in Fargo.

> Update from an NPR interview with Saberi’s father: “In the beginning…under pressure, she had made some statements. And later, when they questioned again, she denied, said that those things that she had said were not right. But they apparently, in the case, they didn’t consider her denial. She is very weak and frail, last time we saw. And she wanted to go on hunger strike, but we persuaded her not to do so. And after this, most probably she will.”

> More: Statement from NPR president Vivian Schiller – “We are deeply distressed by this harsh and unwarranted sentence. Ms. Saberi has already endured a three month confinement in Evin Prison, and we are very concerned for her well-being. Through her work for NPR over several years, we know her as an established and respected professional journalist. We appeal to all of those who share our concerns to ask that the Iranian authorities show compassion and allow her to return home to the Untied States immediately with her parents.”

> More: Statement from ABC News – “We are distressed by the sentence of espionage delivered to our colleague Roxana Saberi today. There was no evidence of espionage made public and her trial was conducted in secret. Roxana’s friends and colleagues at ABC News are extremely concerned for her well-being and our thoughts have been with Roxana and her family throughout this ordeal. We urge the Iranian government to release Roxana to her family immediately.

> More: Statement from Feature Story News president and chief correspondent – FSN’s President and Chief Correspondent Simon Marks issued the following statement: “Roxana’s conviction is an appalling miscarriage of justice – or what passes for justice in modern Iran. Our thoughts and sympathies go out to Roxana and her family at this extremely difficult time. We once again urge the Iranian authorities to release Roxana immediately into the custody of her family, so that she can make plans to return to the United States where she was born and raised”.”