The Associated Press March 9, 2011, 11:19AM ET

NPR CEO says resignation was necessary

National Public Radio President and CEO Vivian Schiller is not saying whether she offered to quit or was forced out by the organization's board of directions.

Schiller told The Associated Press on Wednesday that she resigned after a discussion with the board. She stepped down a day after a conservative activist posted a video showing an NPR executive calling tea party Republicans xenophobic and racist.

Schiller says NPR is facing the most serious threat yet to its congressional funding. She says there's extraordinary pressure on Congress to make cuts and that the remarks by Ron Schiller were outrageous and unfortunate at such a critical time.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- National Public Radio President and CEO Vivian Schiller says she resigned because it would have been too difficult for NPR to confront a possible loss of federal funding if she had remained in charge.

Schiller tells The Associated Press that she resigned after a discussion with NPR's board of directors. She would not say whether she offered to quit or was asked.

Her resignation comes a day after a conservative activist posted a video in which a fellow NPR executive blasts tea party Republicans as "xenophobic" and "racist."

Schiller says NPR is facing the most serious threat yet to its funding -- not because of the comments in the video but because of the massive federal deficit. She says there's "extraordinary pressure" on Congress to make cuts and that the remarks by Ron Schiller were "outrageous and unfortunate" at such a critical time.


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