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BBC syndrome haunts NYT's new chief

Reuters  New York, November 12, 2012
First Published: 22:45 IST(12/11/2012) | Last Updated: 22:47 IST(12/11/2012)

The New York Times Co said it will proceed with its plan for Mark Thompson to take over as CEO on Monday, despite an intensifying scandal at the BBC that has raised questions about his tenure at Britain's flagship broadcasting company.


"He is going to be CEO beginning November 12," a New York Times spokesman said late on Sunday.

The New York Times maintained its confidence in the paper's new chief following the news that George Entwistle, the director-general of the BBC, said he was resigning from the broadcaster on Saturday. Entwistle took the blame for a news programme at its flagship Newsnight, which aired a mistaken allegation that a former UK senior politician sexually abused children.

BBC is facing awkward questions over how the same Newsnight programme - while Thompson was director-general - killed a report that was investigating complaints against Savile and instead aired laudatory shows commemorating Savile after he died last year.

Thompson said he did not know about the nature of the investigation by Newsnight into Savile, and had no involvement in the decision to axe the report.

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