NPR on its blog today confirmed that Sesame Workshop president and CEO Gary Knell has been tapped as president and CEO of National Public Radio, after the news broke on the network’s Weekend All Things Considered show. He will take over Dec. 1 and fill the spot that was vacated when former CEO Vivian Schiller departed following a couple of high-profile dust-ups: one when an NPR exec was caught on a hidden camera calling the Tea Party “racist” as well as Schiller’s part in the dismissal of NPR and Fox News commentator Juan Williams over his comments about being uncomfortable seeing people in Musilm dress on airplanes. NPR also has come under fire from some in Congress who are looking to cut the public radio network’s funding. From today’s announcement about Knell:
Fox News is taking a platoon approach this summer to fill Glenn Beck’s former time slot. It has announced a new show called The Five that will feature commentators including Juan Williams, Dana Perino, Judge Andrew Napolitano, Geraldo Rivera, Andrea Tantaros, Eric Bolling, Monica Crowley, and Bob Beckel. Beck’s last show is tonight. Here’s the release:
UPDATE: On Fox News’ America Live, Juan Williams reacted to the resignation of NPR’s Ellen Weiss, the executive who fired him, and discussed the future of NPR. He didn’t have many nice things to say (video below):
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PREVIOUS: The NPR Board of Directors today released the findings of its review into the circumstances leading to the October firing of news analyst Juan Williams over remarks about Muslims he had made on Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor. (Williams has since signed a new deal with Fox News.) The board recommends new “internal procedures concerning personnel and on air-talent decisions” and “appropriate disciplinary action with respect to certain management employees involved in the termination.” But here is the most interesting part:
- Williams’ contract was terminated in accordance with its terms. The contract gave both parties the right to terminate on 30 days’ notice for any reason. The facts gathered during the review revealed that the termination was not the result of special interest group or donor pressure. However, because of concerns regarding the speed and handling of the termination process, the Board additionally recommended that certain actions be taken with regard to management involved in Williams’ contract termination.
- The Board has expressed confidence in Vivian Schiller’s leadership going forward. She accepted responsibility as CEO and cooperated fully with the review process. The Board, however, expressed concern over her role in the termination process and has voted that she will not receive a 2010
As they say, when one door closes, another opens. A day after NPR terminated news analyst Juan Williams over remarks about muslims he made on Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor on Monday, Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes said the news channel has signed a new multi-year deal with Williams who will now have an expanded on-air role. First off, Williams will host The O’Reilly Factor tomorrow night and will appear with O’Reilly on the show Thursday night. “Juan has been a staunch defender of liberal viewpoints since his tenure began at Fox News in 1997,” Ailes said. “He’s an honest man whose freedom of speech is protected by Fox News on a daily basis.”