KUT on NPR videotape
We try to keep you informed of the good, the bad and the ugly that happens around the station and in our universe. This, unfortunately, falls into the latter categories.
A now former NPR exec, Ron Schiller (not related to CEO, Vivian Schiller) was secretly videotaped at a lunch with bogus potential donors.
While we abhor gotcha style tactics disguised as “citizen journalism,” the comments captured in what appears to be professional work setting, are appalling and out of sync with NPR and public radio core values.
Mr. Schiller’s statements are a direct assault on the credibility, civility and diversity that are hallmarks of NPR’s programming. We were personally flabbergasted that a seemingly well-informed executive would so grossly mischaracterize the private-public funding partnership that has built public broadcasting over the past 40 years.
We have reached out to Vivian Schiller and expect to discuss this with her personally.
Here is a link to an NPR article discussing the situation on their “Two-Way” blog. Feel free to leave your feedback on the NPR page or right here on kut.org.