Incoming New York Times Co. CEO Mark Thompson's BBC office was contacted twice by journalists seeking comment after one of the network's news shows spiked a program investigating claims of rampant sexual abuse by a BBC star. Neither request made it to Thompson personally, his spokesperson told Britain's Sunday Times.
Thompson, who was the BBC's director general until September and was named the Times Co.'s CEO in August, has said he only heard about the decision in late 2011, at a party where BBC journalist Caroline Hawley asked him about the segment, which had been scheduled to run on a show called "Newsnight" and investigated a longtime BBC personality named Jimmy Savile. But in The Sunday Times this weekend, a journalist named Miles Goslett wrote that he'd filed a freedom of information request for internal BBC correspondence regarding the decision, and that Thompson's office referred him to the BBC's media relations department when he called for comment after that request was denied. (more...)