Vivian Schiller lands at NBC News


The former National Public Radio head who left in March under a political cloud, has found a new position with NBC News, where she’ll oversee digital projects as Chief Digital Officer. Schiller, who once ran the New York Times’ website, will report to NBC News chief Steve Capus.

Schiller’s role is a new position there, and she joins on in mid-July leading the digital strategy for both NBC News and MSNBC. Responsibilities include strategic oversight of the network’s digital extensions on the web and in mobile, interaction with the Joint Venture that oversees the digital network, as well as providing direction to the network’s new emerging properties such as and

Prior to joining NPR, she served at The New York Times Company as SVP/GM of Previously, Schiller spent four years as SVP/GM of the Discovery Times Channel, a JV of The New York Times and Discovery Communications.

Schiller resigned from NPR in March, following several months of her tenure marked by turmoil. It began with the sacking of commentator Juan Williams for comments made on Fox News Channel back in October 2010, followed by legislative efforts to defund all public broadcasting, and finished off with the release of the Michael O’Keefe ambush video which included inflammatory remarks about the Tea Party from NPR fundraiser Ron Schiller — who also said in the video NPR didn’t need federal money.