Times: We’re behind Thompson in scandal
October 26, 2012
The number of women who may have been abused by former BBC host Jimmy Savile has grown to more than 300, and new New York Times chief executive officer Mark Thompson is coming under increasing scrutiny for his role in the alleged cover up of the scandal.
But his new employer is standing behind him.
Yesterday Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. voiced his support for Thompson, who was director general of the public broadcaster when a segment on the newsmagazine “Newsnight” looking into the allegations was spiked.
That came just two months after Savile’s death last year, as the BBC was readying a tribute to the popular entertainer.
Sulzberger said during a call discussing the Times’ third-quarter earnings yesterday that he believed Thompson “played no role” in squelching the “Newsnight” story.
Thompson has said he was unaware of the allegations and did not urge “Newsnight” to stay quiet.
The British government has launched an inquiry into the Savile abuse allegations. Police investigating the matter have spoken with 130 alleged victims, according to reports, most of whom were raped or abused as teenagers.
TLC yanks ’19 Kids and Counting’
‘Late Show’ finale hits 21-year high
‘Modern Family’ falls to low in finale
Once again, ABC wins May sweep
This fall’s five big timeslot battles
Oh my! There goes Marilyn’s skirt.
‘Late Show With David Letterman,’ bravo
Tell us, how do you rate the fall lineups?
Weekend TV: Indy 500 revs up
Cable overnights: NBA stays hot
Fun facts about the Indy 500
Buyouts coming at Wall Street Journal
A record season for Telemundo
- Twelve join California agency David&Goliath
- Ellie Duque becomes publisher at Entertainment Weekly
- CBS Entertainment EVP of comedy Wendi Trilling exiting
- New York Times chief information officer Marc Frons exiting
- Marjorie Miller rises to director of global news at the Associated Press
- Melissa Bell rises to VP of growth and analytics at Vox Media
- Josh Swade becomes executive producer for film and video at Rolling Stone
- Jessica Lussenhop becomes senior writer at BBC News Magazine
- Emily Banks becomes deputy mobile editor at Bloomberg Digital
This week’s younger viewer ratings
This week’s broadcast ratings
This week’s cable ratings
This week’s top movies, songs and books
This week’s daypart ratings
This month’s new media traffic data
Media buyer/planner wanted in Louisville
Display media planner opening in Chicago
Media planner/buyer opening in Omaha
Assistant media planner wanted in Atlanta
Media buyer wanted in Pittsburgh