NBC Hires Ex-NPR Chief Schiller as Digital Officer

By Staff | June 2, 2011 | 2:43 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — NBC News is hiring ousted National Public Radio chief Vivian Schiller to run its digital operation.

Schiller resigned under pressure as NPR president and CEO earlier this year after a conservative activist caught a former NPR fundraiser calling the tea party movement racist. NPR's management was also criticized last year for how it handled commentator Juan Williams' firing.

At NBC, Schiller will oversee the company's websites and mobile phone venture. She is filling the newly created position of chief digital officer. Before joining NPR, Schiller was general manager of The New York Times website and helped run the Discovery Times channel.

NBC News President Steve Capus said Thursday that Schiller's background in journalism and experience running a digital operation "will add a strong new pillar to the NBC News management team."