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Schiller Lands at NBC News

Ex-NPR executive will be chief digital officer for news unit

NBC announced it has hired former NPR executive Vivian Schiller to a new position overseeing the digital strategy of the news unit.

It created the position of chief digital officer. Schiller, who starts mid-July, will oversee NBC News’s strategy on websites and mobile devices.

Schiller resigned from NPR in March amid controversy over the perception of political bias at the public broadcaster after a conservative activist secretly videotaped NPR’s head of fundraising allegedly making disparaging remarks about Republicans.

Both Schiller and the fundraiser left the network. Conservatives also criticized Schiller and NPR for an earlier incident in which commentator Juan Williams was fired for controversial statements about Muslims.

Before joining NPR in 2009, Schiller oversaw the website for the New York Times.