NBC News announced tonight it is taking over MSNBC.com and renaming it NBCNews.com. In related news, NBC announced that all of its digital operations, including NBCNews.com, will be headed up by former National Public Radio president Vivian Schiller:
REDMOND, Wash. — NBC News has acquired full control of msnbc.com and its digital network from Microsoft Corp. and is immediately rebranding the site as NBCNews.com.
Many details of the arrangement remain to be worked out, and financial terms weren’t disclosed.
But NBC News President Steve Capus said the site — one of the news industry’s earliest and most successful online operations — would become part of NBC News Digital, a new division led by Vivian Schiller, the former president and chief executive of National Public Radio. Schiller joined NBC News as chief digital officer last year.
Schiller is the NPR exec who made disparaging remarks about Juan Williams (formerly of NPR, now at Fox News Channel):
She resigned from NPR last year amid a controversy over a video sting showing NPR executives making derogatory comments about conservatives.