New York Times hires BBC's Mark Thompson
Wednesday 15 August 2012
Outgoing BBC director general Mark Thompson is to become president and chief executive of the New York Times Company, the US firm said.
Mr Thompson, 55, will relocate to New York and will begin his new role in November.
Arthur Sulzberger, chairman of the company, said last night: "Mark is a gifted executive with strong credentials whose leadership at the BBC helped it to extend its trusted brand identity into new digital products and services.
"Our board concluded that Mark's experience and his accomplishments at the BBC made him the ideal candidate to lead the Times Company at this moment in time when we are highly focused on growing our business through digital and global expansion."
Mr Thompson announced in March that he would step down from his role at the BBC - which he has held since 2004 - following the London Olympics.
His replacement will be George Entwistle, who has previously been a current affairs programme-maker and for the past year has been in charge of the corporation's TV output as head of BBC Vision.
The New York Times company owns The New York Times newspaper, the International Herald Tribune and The Boston Globe.
Mr Thompson said: "The New York Times is one of the world's greatest news providers and a media brand of immense future potential both in the US and around the world.
"It is a real privilege to be asked to join the Times Company as it embarks on the next chapter in its history.
"I'm particularly excited to be coming to The New York Times Company as it extends its influence digitally and globally.
"I look forward to working with the board, Arthur and his highly talented management team to build on the success that has already been achieved and to explore new ways of bringing journalism of exceptional quality, integrity and depth to readers and users everywhere."
BBC Trust chairman Lord Patten said: "I am sure that Mark will prove a real asset to the New York Times. He is a hugely experienced media executive and will bring insight, flair and drive to the job. I wish him the very best of luck in his new role."
Emergency call 'started off dumb, but got pretty serious'
Britain First criticised for using actress's memory to draw attention to their 'hate-filled home page'
Thought you'd seen it all after the Jeremy Paxman interview?
Greatest mystery about the hit BBC1 show is how it continues to be made at all, writes Grace Dent
"History is violent," says the US Army tank commander Don "Wardaddy" Collier
Striker's four-month ban for biting an opponent expires on Friday
Renee Zellweger on plastic surgery rumours: 'I'm living a more fulfilling life and I'm thrilled that perhaps it shows'
This 'woman calls police to order pizza' story isn't going where you're expecting
FCKH8: YouTube reinstates provocative anti-sexism video showing young girls swearing
Axe wielding man shot dead after attacking four New York policemen on busy street
Diwali: What is the festival of lights – and how is it celebrated around the world?
- 1 This 'woman calls police to order pizza' story isn't going where you're expecting
- 2 Axe wielding man shot dead after attacking four New York policemen on busy street
- 3 Watch what happened when food critics were unknowingly served McDonald's
- 4 Jimmy Carr's Oscar Pistorius joke goes a bit too far at the Q Awards
- 5 Ottawa shootings: Bruce MacKinnon's cartoon is the perfect tribute to soldier Nathan Cirillo
competitive benefits: Sauce Recruitment: Outstanding analytic expertise is req...
competitive + bonus + benefits: Sauce Recruitment: Are you the king or Queen o...
£50k + commission: Savvy Media Ltd: Great opportunity to work for a team that ...
£18000 - £30000 per annum + uncapped: SThree: Do you feel like your sales role...