According to pubradio consultant John Sutton, several sources close to the NPR Board say that "current and past CEO search committees have taken the position that no one in public radio is qualified to manage the external relationships NPR must forge to succeed in the digital age."
"I hope that’s not that case," he notes in a blog post on Radio Sutton.
This creates "an interesting dichotomy," he writes. "NPR’s Board searches for leaders who want to build on public radio’s great success, but does not think the leaders who are very much responsible for creating that success are good enough for the job."
He adds: "NPR’s recent CEO failures raise the legitimate possibility that a highly qualified station manager has a better chance of growing into the external CEO role than an external candidate has of growing into a successful public radio system leader."