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Former NPR chief headed to NBC News

Amanda Seitz Contributor

NBC News has hired ousted National Public Radio head Vivian Schiller.

The former NPR CEO “will oversee the digital strategy for NBC News and MSNBC” according to a release by NBC Universal.

“Bringing Vivian on board enhances this network’s mission of growth and the evolution of its digital businesses and strategy. 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 NBC News President Steve Capus. “Her background in journalism, combined with expertise in the digital space will add a strong new pillar to the NBC News leadership team.”

Schiller resigned from her NPR post in March following the release of a sting video that showed her colleague, Ron Schiller (no relation), participating in conservative-bashing while pandering to phony Muslim Brotherhood donors.

The production and release of that clip was orchestrated by conservative activist James O’Keefe.

Schiller first brought controversy to NPR last October when, after firing Juan Williams for comments he made about Muslims, she suggested Williams should speak to a psychiatrist. She later apologized for the comment.