Articles about "Mark Thompson"

Mark Thompson: Keeping Nate Silver at NYT was not ‘an overwhelming priority’

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Joe Hagan's look at New York Times Co. CEO Mark Thompson's tenure so far contains many, many tweetable and chewable moments for New York Times obsessives -- his presence in the newsroom "was like a belch in a cathedral nave," for instance, and Sam Sifton was moved from the national desk to create an online magazine "inspired by the corporate consulting firm McKinsey & Co."

But perhaps the most intriguing nugget is that Nate Silver decided to leave the Times "because he felt it was Thompson who had not committed to building his franchise."
For [Executive Editor Jill] Abramson, Silver was a tentpole attraction for her favorite subject, national politics, and brought the kind of buzz she thought valuable. In an interview, Thompson confirmed that keeping Silver was not at the top of his agenda: “I would not say it was an overwhelming priority,” he says. “During the election period, he was obviously a very significant figure. Off-season, it’s a slightly different story.”

Media CEOs ‘hopeful’ about digital subscription growth

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At the American Society of News Editors convention in Washington, D.C., Associated Press reporter Martin Crutsinger listened to various newspaper honchos speak about about whether they'd keep publishing daily editions, especially in light of recent changes at Advance-owned papers that have reduced the frequency of print editions and home delivery.

McClatchy's CEO Patrick Talamantes, New York Times Co. CEO Mark Thompson and Washington Post Publisher Katharine Weymouth all said they were sticking with daily publication. Gannett CEO and President Gracia Martore "was less certain," Crutsinger reports. "I can't predict what is going to exist in five years," she said.

The executives were bullish on paywalls, Crutsinger writes; McClatchy had "22,000 digital-only subscribers" at the end of the last quarter. He says the CEOs were "hopeful about their future" after seeing digital subscriptions grow." (more...)

At Columbia Business School Sunday, New York Times Co. President and CEO Mark Thompson spoke to new MBAs about “conventional wisdom and all the apparently excellent advice that flows from it.”

Take my industry. The movies are finished. TV advertising is dead. Exactly what happened to music will happen to TV. Nobody wants news anymore. No one will ever pay for anything on the internet. Not just said, but said widely and widely believed. And – for the most part and within the time horizon which the prophets themselves were suggesting – just plain wrong.

Jeff John Roberts, Paid Content


NYT company reports 668,000 digital subscribers as of the fourth quarter

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Advertising revenue was down and circulation revenue was up at the New York Times company in the fourth quarter of 2012. The company announced its fourth-quarter and full-year earnings Thursday. Its digital businesses are adding customers, with 668,000 paid digital subscribers company-wide.
Paid subscribers to The New York Times and the International Herald Tribune digital subscription packages, e-readers and replica editions totaled approximately 640,000 as of the end of the fourth quarter of 2012, an increase of approximately 13 percent since the end of the third quarter of 2012. Paid digital subscribers to and The Boston Globe’s e-readers and replica editions totaled approximately 28,000 as of the end of the fourth quarter of 2012, up approximately 8 percent since the end of the third quarter of 2012.
Advertising revenue was down 3.1 percent over the same period in the previous year. Circulation revenue was up 16 percent.

The trajectory of both revenue streams means, "The past year marked the first time that circulation revenue surpassed advertising revenue," the Times reported. "Circulation revenue grew by 10.4 percent, to $952.9 million, mainly from the growth in digital subscriptions and the rise in print circulation prices. Advertising for the year declined 5.9 percent, to $898.1 million." (more...)

New CEO Mark Thompson ends first week with memo to New York Times staff

At the end of his first week as CEO of The New York Times, Mark Thompson was the subject of yet another story in his new paper about his tenure at the BBC. The latest story revealed that a letter sent in his name detailed sex abuse allegations against former host Jimmy Savile, allegations Thompson denies having known at the time. On Friday, Thompson sent this memo to staff, which does not mention the BBC scandal:
As I finish my first week at The New York Times Company, I would like to thank the many people I've already met. As you'd expect, Times employees come across as super-smart and totally committed to maintaining the values and quality that the company and its newspapers have always stood for. But I've also been struck by how friendly and welcoming you've been to me. (more...)

Mark Thompson says he didn’t see letter about BBC allegations sent on his behalf

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Mark Thompson says he was not aware of the details in a letter he authorized threatening London paper The Sunday Times with "defamation proceedings" over an article it was preparing about BBC program "Newsnight"'s decision to drop an investigation into sex-abuse charges against one of its stars, Jimmy Savile, reports Matthew Purdy.

The letter was prepared in September by a law firm and "included a summary of the alleged abuse, including the allegation that some abuse might have occurred at the BBC," Purdy writes. It "appears to have been the last in a string of opportunities for Mr. Thompson, while director general, to have gotten a fuller picture of Mr. Savile and the 'Newsnight' program," he writes.

Thompson is now the CEO of the New York Times Co. He declined to comment for the Times' article, but a former aide told Purdy, “It’s not clear if he was shown it, but he doesn’t remember reading it." (more...)
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BBC reaches a settlement with politician it called a sex abuser

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The BBC has reached a settlement with Lord McAlpine, the politician it erroneously fingered as a sexual predator in a report on its "Newsnight" program.

But how did the BBC botch that report so soundly -- especially after after it killed a "Newsnight" story about a BBC presenter credibly accused of pedophilia?

It's not for lack of editorial process, Sarah Lyall and Nicholas Kulish write: After a 2004 scandal,

The corporation also appointed a deputy director general in charge of news operations; established a “journalism board” to monitor editorial policy; issued numerous new guidelines on journalistic procedures; and put an increasing emphasis on “compliance” — a system in which managers are required to file cumbersome forms flagging dozens of potential trouble spots, from bad language to “disturbing content” like exorcism or beheadings, in every program taped for broadcast.
Entwistle announced his resignation in central London, Saturday Nov. 10, 2012. (Max Nash/AP)

BBC in ‘ghastly mess’ after resignations, as its former leader takes reins at NYT

Still reeling from the fallout of a sex abuse story it spiked, the British Broadcasting Corporation is now in even more peril because of another sex abuse story that never should have been broadcast. Director General George Entwistle resigned Saturday over a report that falsely accused a former British politician, Lord McAlpine, of child sex abuse.

Acting BBC Director General Tim Davie told staff in an email, "I am determined to give the BBC the clarity and leadership it deserves in the next few weeks."

• BBC director of news Helen Boaden and deputy director of news Steve Mitchell have temporarily "stepped aside" -- not resigned -- though neither "had anything at all to do with the failed 'Newnight' investigation into Lord McAlpine," the BBC said. Iain Overton was editor of the British Bureau of Investigative Journalism, which produced the botched McAlpine report with the BBC; he resigned Monday. (more...)

New York Times to welcome new CEO Monday

Incoming CEO Mark Thompson is scheduled to start work on Monday. Thompson "missed opportunities" to address a sex abuse scandal while he was director general of the BBC, the paper has reported. Joe Hagan has written "one senior executive I spoke with wished Thompson would voluntarily decide not to take the job.” Publisher and Times Co. chairman Arthur Sulzberger Jr. has expressed support for Thompson.

Tuesday, Guild members are scheduled to vote on a tentative contract deal reached Oct. 28. Keith J. Kelly writes that "passage is not assured":
The contract provides for no retroactive pay raise, but gives a one-time "bonus" next March equal to 3 percent of annual salary. The final three years call for only 2 percent annual pay hikes — half what the union initially sought.

NYT: Mark Thompson ‘missed opportunities’ to address BBC scandal

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Incoming New York Times Company CEO Mark Thompson "repeatedly missed opportunities" when he was director general of the BBC to learn why one of its news programs canceled an investigation into sex-abuse claims against entertainer Jimmy Savile, reports Matthew Purdy in The New York Times. Thompson "said he knew nothing of the Savile investigation before it was canceled by the editor of the BBC’s 'Newsnight' program," Purdy writes.
As for what he knew afterward, his statements have evolved: He first said he was unaware of the investigation, but then acknowledged he was subsequently told of its cancellation by a reporter at a cocktail party. He said while he “may have formed an impression” about possible areas of a Savile investigation, including his charity work, he was unaware of child-sexual-abuse accusations.
Other news organizations covered the "Newsnight" decision, and clips from coverage of the BBC were discussed in daily executive conference calls, Purdy writes. In testimony to Parliament, new DG George Entwistle explained that, in Purdy's words, "only the rarest program issue reaches the director general."
An incredulous member of Parliament’s Culture, Media and Sport committee, Damian Collins, said “if this doesn’t qualify, you wonder what the bar is.”