Media World: NPR CEO takes pay cuts, works for free


Last year, Vivian Schiller was a well-regarded executive in charge of the digital operations of the New York Times Co. (NYT). She was so happy with her job that she welled up with emotion when she told her boss Arthur Sulzberger that she was leaving to become the chief executive of National Public Radio.

Her stress had only begun. Her predecessor, Ken Stern, who had pushed NPR into new areas of media including satellite radio, was fired because, an NPR story on the matter explained, he had not convinced local stations "that he saw a clear and healthy role for them in the digital future."

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