Thompson starts as NY Times CEO amid BBC scandal

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Mark Thompson in 2010, as BBC Director General

Mark Thompson in 2010, as BBC Director General (AP photo)

NEW YORK (AP) – New York Times Co. CEO Mark Thompson is starting his job on Monday amid a widening scandal at his former employer, the BBC.

When the Times hired him in August, Thompson was hailed as someone who could help the company generate new revenue at a time when print publications are suffering from the loss of readers and advertisers.

In recent months, he has faced questions over a decision by the BBC’s “Newsnight” program last December to shelve an investigation into child sexual-abuse allegations against renowned British television host Jimmy Savile, who died last year. That decision was made while Thompson was head of the BBC.

Thompson’s successor as the BBC’s top executive, George Entwistle, resigned on Saturday after its news magazine wrongly implied that a former British politician sexually abused a child.

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