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New York Times happy with ex-BBC Mark Thompson as new CEO

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 13 November, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 13 November, 2012, 2:56am

Former BBC chief Mark Thompson assumed his new role at The New York Times yesterday amid questions about whether the crisis engulfing the British broadcaster would spill over to the US news organisation.

The Times has reaffirmed support for Thompson and he has said the scandals at the BBC would not affect his new job.

"Like many people, I'm very saddened by recent events at the BBC, but I believe the BBC is the world's greatest broadcaster and I've got no doubt that it will once again regain the public's trust, both in the UK and around the world," Thompson told ITV.

Times chairman Arthur Sulzberger Jnr last month reaffirmed support for Thompson, but that has not stopped rumblings about whether Thompson is the right leader for a news organisation facing its own struggles.

Times business columnist Joe Nocera openly questioned whether Thompson was "the right man for the job".

"Since early October, all anybody has asked about Thompson are those two most damning of questions: what did he know and when did he know it?" Nocera wrote in an October 29 column.

"For the sake of Times employees - not to mention the readers who want to see a vibrant New York Times Company - let's hope his faith in Thompson is warranted. Otherwise, the BBC won't be the only organisation being asked tough questions about its judgment."