National Public Radio’s interim CEO Joyce Slocum announced the taxpayer-subsidized radio network will stop searching for a senior vice president for News until it finds a new permanent CEO.
Slocum took NPR’s reins after Vivian Schiller was ousted by the network’s board after NPR foundation’s nonprofit president Ron Schiller (no relation) was caught on tape by James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas bashing conservatives, saying Jews control America’s newspapers and admitting that NPR would be “better off” without federal funding in the long run. NPR’s Senior Director of Institutional Giving Betsy Liley was also caught showing a willingness to accept funds from a fictitious Muslim Brotherhood organization as well as help shield their $5 million donation from a government audit.
An email obtained by political newspaper The Hill shows that Slocum has decided to hold off on filling the news executive spot, vacated by Ellen Weiss, who was forced to resign for her mismanagement of the Juan Williams debacle, because she thinks the new CEO should have a hand in picking the new head of news.
“I know that we all want to fill these roles as quickly as possible with permanent leadership,” Slocum said. “At the same time, I think we all want to follow the best possible process for each of these enormously important hiring decisions. This approach will help accomplish both objectives.”