US National Public Radio chief resigns amid controversy

March 9, 2011 19:00

WASHINGTON - The head of National Public Radio resigned on Wednesday after the organization's chief fund-raiser was secretly videotaped criticizing conservatives and questioning whether NPR needs its government funding.

The resignation of president and chief executive officer Vivian Schiller came as Republicans in Congress, some of whom have long opposed what they see as NPR's liberal bias, were targeting public broadcasting as an area for budget cuts.

On Tuesday, senior fund-raising executive Ron Schiller, no relation to the CEO, quit after being taped making disparaging remarks about members of the conservative Tea Party movement during a private lunch with conservative activists posing as potential donors.

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