NPR’s new president promises to ‘depoliticize’ the network, focus on revenue

WASHINGTON – Gary Knell, named yesterday as the new president of National Public Radio, does not take office for another two months, but he is wasting no time outlining his priorities. Knell, the longtime CEO of the organization that produces "Sesame Street," told the Associated Press he plans to "depoliticize" NPR, a quote that will be repeated widely here and among NPR's critics. Knell added that he does not believe NPR News is biased, but there is no doubt he will need to explain his use of the "d" word in meetings inside and outside NPR headquarters….

NPR chief Vivian Schiller: Don’t take the work of news gatherers for granted

At this time of tremendous upheaval in American news media, its leaders should not focus on transformation at the expense of fortifying and expanding concrete, on-the-ground reporting. That was the message offered Thursday by NPR President and CEO Vivian Schiller as she delivered the James L. Loper Lecture in Public Service Broadcasting at USC Annenberg. "For well over a decade, at gatherings like this, news people have obsessed about transformational technologies, vanishing business models and new paradigms of mass communication," Schiller told an audience of students, faculty members and leaders of influential Los Angeles-area media who gathered at USC Town…

Public radio is enjoying boom times

Dean Ernest J. Wilson III of USC Annenberg and the Center on Communication Leadership & Policy are preparing for the annual James L. Loper Lecture in Public Broadcasting on November 18, 2010. This year's speaker is NPR president and CEO, Vivian Schiller. Public radio, despite the failings of most media outlets in the US, is experiencing an increase in listeners and in funding. Below is an article published in The Los Angeles Times by James Rainey exploring the growth that is occurring in public radio. ——————————————————————————————————————————————- Larry Mantle, right, host of KPCC's popular "AirTalk" program. (Irfan Khan, Los Angeles Times…