BBC's Mark Thompson named New York Times CEO
NEW YORK (AFP) - The New York Times backed up its push for a digital future on Tuesday by naming Mark Thompson, the outgoing director general of the BBC, as the paper's new president and chief executive officer (CEO).
The Times issued a statement saying: "BBC Director-General Mark Thompson will become its next president and CEO. He will also become a member of the company's board of directors."
Mr Thompson, 55, will start work in November.
The Times, which is America's most prestigious newspaper as well as a growing online news power, said it had recruited Mr Thompson for his ability to develop non-traditional news products.