UPDATE: On Fox News’ America Live, Juan Williams reacted to the resignation of NPR’s Ellen Weiss, the executive who fired him, and discussed the future of NPR. He didn’t have many nice things to say (video below):
PREVIOUS: The NPR Board of Directors today released the findings of its review into the circumstances leading to the October firing of news analyst Juan Williams over remarks about Muslims he had made on Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor. (Williams has since signed a new deal with Fox News.) The board recommends new “internal procedures concerning personnel and on air-talent decisions” and “appropriate disciplinary action with respect to certain management employees involved in the termination.” But here is the most interesting part:
- Williams’ contract was terminated in accordance with its terms. The contract gave both parties the right to terminate on 30 days’ notice for any reason. The facts gathered during the review revealed that the termination was not the result of special interest group or donor pressure. However, because of concerns regarding the speed and handling of the termination process, the Board additionally recommended that certain actions be taken with regard to management involved in Williams’ contract termination.
- The Board has expressed confidence in Vivian Schiller’s leadership going forward. She accepted responsibility as CEO and cooperated fully with the review process. The Board, however, expressed concern over her role in the termination process and has voted that she will not receive a 2010 bonus.
- NPR also announced that Ellen Weiss, Senior Vice-President for News, has resigned
This is the same executive who axed Williams two days after his Fox News appearance in a phone call, claiming he violated the public radio service’s ethics guidelines. Weiss, a 28-year NPR veteran, then became a target of criticism over the way Williams’ termination was handled.