Mark Thompson

Scandal-hit BBC appoints Tony Hall new director general

Tony Hall is an insider from outside. Photo: Reuters

The BBC appointed a former journalist who runs the Royal Opera House to lead the broadcaster yesterday after sex abuse scandals that shook public trust in one of Britain's most treasured institutions.

Friday, 23 November, 2012, 2:56am

Legal letter raises doubts over ex-BBC chief Thompson's denial on Savile

Mark Thompson denies knowledge of the Jimmy Savile sex abuse allegations while he was director general of the BBC. Photo: AP

A legal letter sent on behalf of Mark Thompson, the former director general of the BBC, seems to contradict his assertions that he learned of accusations of sexual abuse against longtime host Jimmy Savile only after leaving the corporation's top job.

17 Nov 2012 - 2:32am

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

Former BBC chief Mark Thompson, now CEO of The New York Times. Photo: NYT

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.

13 Nov 2012 - 2:56am

Media must practice what it preaches on accountability

BBC former Director-general Mark Thompson. Photo: Reuters

The media cherishes its role of holding people accountable. Its credibility, therefore, depends on keeping its own house in order. The tabloid phone-hacking scandal in Britain is an egregious failure. A crisis at the BBC, a British institution respected globally, is equally unedifying.

28 Oct 2012 - 3:10am 1 comment

NYT defends incoming chief amid BBC scandal

 Mark Thompson. Photo: AP

The New York Times stood by its incoming chief on Wednesday, even as questions about a BBC child sex abuse scandal followed him from one of Britain’s most respected news organisations to one of America’s.

But as new CEO Mark Thompson was getting support from his new bosses, the Times ombudsman questioned his fitness for the job.

25 Oct 2012 - 10:29am

Row casts shadow over NYT's new boss

Mark Thompson's career has been rocked. Photo: Reuters

The New York Times' public editor has questioned whether the newspaper's incoming chief executive, the former BBC head Mark Thompson, is fit to serve as the company's top official, as a scandal rocks Britain's most prestigious broadcaster.

25 Oct 2012 - 4:44am