Mark Thompson

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Mark Thompson



Mark John Thompson (born 31 July 1957) is the current Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of The New York Times Company.

From 2004 to 2012, Thompson was Director-General of the BBC, and was a former Chief Executive of Channel 4.

From Controversy

Formula One broadcast rights

Thompson was Director General of the BBC when on 29 July 2011 it was announced that the Corporation would no longer televise all Formula One Grand Prix live, instead agreeing to split the broadcast between the BBC and Sky Sports. This prompted an outcry from several thousand fans and a motion on the UK Government e-petition site. On 2 September 2011, Thompson and several "senior BBC figures" were called upon by the House of Commons to answer questions over the exact nature of the broadcast arrangement.

Jimmy Savile sexual abuse scandal

Though Thompson departed the BBC before public exposure of the Savile scandal and is not noted in the BBC chronology of the unfolding coverage, Thompson faced questions about his role in the events around Savile's actions and BBC coverage of them. Per a New York Times review, Thompson has denied knowing of a BBC Newsnight program on accusations against Sir Jimmy Savile before the program was dropped soon after Savile's death in October 2011.

Additional Relevant Facts

Relationship to #Pizzagate

Connection to the BBC

As mentioned above, Thompson was the Director-General of the BBC.

Connection to the New York Times

Mark Thompson is the CEO of the New York Times as of 2012.[1]

Connection to Jimmy Savile and publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr.

From the article, Mark Thompson’s Office Was Reportedly ‘Warned’ About Jimmy Savile Child Sex Abuse Allegations, published on October 29th, 2012:[2]

New claims surfaced that Mark Thompson’s office was alerted to child sex abuse allegations against former BBC star Jimmy Savile.

Since relevations about Savile’s abuse began, hundreds of potential victims have come forward. Now, the BBC is fighting claims that it tried to cover up his crimes and that it dropped its own expose into Savile while Thompson served as chief. Thompson, who is scheduled to begin his role as the new CEO of the New York Times, has said that he was not aware of the expose and had no role in the decision to cancel it.


The growing scandal has led some, including Times public editor Margaret Sullivan, to question whether Thompson is fit to take over as CEO of the New York Times. Times management, however, has voiced its support for him. Publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. recently backed him up, calling him the “ideal person” for the job, and Thompson has said that he has been “very well supported” by the company.

Additional Citation: The Guardian [4]


Formula One

Had a controversy involving Formula One and Rupert Murdoch's Sky News.

Purchase the Press

While normally this category involves suspects purchasing press outlets, as an Editor, Thompson has even greater control.