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This one is a shocker: Vivian Schiller, the longtime head of NYTimes.com’s digital efforts, has left the company, and has joined National Public Radio as its new CEO. She succeeds Dennis Haarsager, who has served as interim CEO since March, after Ken Stern left abruptly after internal discord. Also recently, Kinsey Wilson, the executive editor of USA Today and previously the editor of USAToday.com, left the paper and joined NPR as its digital head. With two digital vets at NPR, its already formidable online presence and reputation should grow, if only they can prevent getting mired in all the politics at the company and its member stations. (Our interview with Schiller is here.)
At NYT, Schiller led the day-to-day operations of NYTimes.com, the largest newspaper website on the Internet, overseeing product, technology, marketing, classifieds, strategic planning and business development. Before joining NYTimes.com, Schiller spent four years as SVP and GM of the *Discovery* Times Channel, a joint venture of NYT and *Discovery* at the time.
She is at NYTCo (NYSE: NYT) until Dec 1st, the company tells me, and it hasn’t yet decided on a replacement for her. NPR is about to start an all staff meeting with Schiller and will announce more details of her upcoming position and work at NPR to staff then.
Update: Gawker has the memo Schiller sent out at NYT: “My last day is December 1. Till then I