New York Times Hires BBC's Mark Thompson
Outgoing BBC director-general will become next president and CEO
By George Winslow -- Broadcasting & Cable, 8/14/2012 7:46:15 PM
Thompson, who steered the BBC through a trying period of cost cutting and staff layoffs as well as an expansion of its digital efforts over the last eight years, is expected to join the New York Times in November.
The fifty-five year-old executive had previously announced that he would be leaving the BBC at the end of the Olympics.
He will also become a member of the company's board of directors.
"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," said Arthur Sulzberger, Jr., chairman of the Times Company in a statement. "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."
"The New York Times is one of the world's greatest news providers and a media brand of immense future potential both in the U.S. and around the world," Thompson added in a statement. "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."
At the BBC, Thompson was widely credited with strengthening the broadcaster with innovative new products and by developing new revenues from multiple platforms and by expanding its commercial arm, BBC Worldwide. During the London Olympics, the BBC delivered a record amount of digital coverage.
But stagnant revenue from the fees used to finance the BBC also forced him to push the organization through a painful period of cutbacks that saw the public broadcaster announce a five year plan to cut more than 2,000 jobs, skills that may also be important in his new post as the New York Times struggles to adapt to declining newspaper ad revenue.
No related content found.
No Top Articles
Digital Rapids provides market-leading software and hardware solutions, technology and expertise for transforming live and on-demand video to reach wider audiences on the latest viewing platforms more efficiently, more effectively and more profitably. Empowering applications from..more