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EX-BBC CHIEF UNDER FIRE FROM PAPER WHERE HE’S NOW CEO

November 16, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

New questions have been raised about when former BBC Director General Mark Thompson learned about allegations that the public broadcaster’s famed host Jimmy Savile had sexually abused numerous children, many in his dressing room at the BBC, over a decades-long period. The questions are raised in a report in today’s (Friday) New York Times, where […]

ACTING BBC NEWS DIRECTOR TRIES TO MUZZLE STAFF OVER SCANDALS

November 14, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The BBC’s decision-making competence came in for renewed criticism today (Wednesday) after it was disclosed that the person appointed temporarily to fill the position of news director attempted to put a lid on the two current scandals embroiling the public broadcaster by asking the staff not to discuss them publicly. As reported by the London […]

SULZBERGER GIVES EX-BBC HEAD HIS BLESSING, DESPITE SCANDAL

October 26, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The New York Times‘s ombudsman may have expressed serious doubts about the qualifications of former BBC Director General Mark Thompson’s qualifications to become president and CEO of The New York Times Company in the wake of the Jimmy Savile sex scandal in the U.K., but Chairman/Publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. apparently has none. In a message […]

NY TIMES OMBUDSMAN CALLS FOR PROBE OF INCOMING CEO

October 24, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The welcome mat is being pulled out from under Mark Thompson, the incoming chief executive of the New York Times, by Margaret Sullivan, the newspaper’s ombudsman. In a post on the newspaper’s blog on Tuesday, Sullivan called on the Times‘s journalists to investigate Thompson’s knowledge of the late host Jimmy Savile’s behavior with teenage girls […]

THE WORST SCANDAL IN BBC’S HISTORY?

October 22, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Britain’s venerable BBC has been plunged into what its veteran foreign correspondent John Simpson has called “the worst crisis that I can remember in my nearly 50 years at the BBC.” Simpson makes the comment in a report due to air tonight (Monday) on the BBC’s late-night investigation program Panorama concerning allegations that editors and […]

BBC SAYS IT WILL INVESTIGATE SEX CHARGES AGAINST EX-HOST

October 8, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The BBC, which has been accused of ignoring widespread rumors that one of its principal hosts of programs aimed at children sexually abused them, said on Monday that it will launch a “comprehensive examination” of the charges after a recently announced police investigation is completed. The announcement by BBC director-general George Entwistle follows the broadcast […]

EXPOSE ABOUT FAMED BBC HOST SAVILE DRAWS BIG RATINGS — ON ITV

October 4, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Some two million viewers in the U.K. tuned in to watch the ITV documentary Exposure: The Other Side of Jimmy Savile Wednesday night despite the fact that it aired from 11:10 p.m. to 12:05 a.m. The figure represents more than a 22-percent share of the entire British television audience at that time of night. The […]

EX-BBC CHIEF TO HEAD THE NEW YORK TIMES

August 15, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

In an apparent effort to expand its global reach, the New York Times has hired former BBC Director General Mark Thompson to become its new president and CEO. Thompson has demonstrated his ability to turn the BBC into an international powerhouse, aware that an estimated one billion people worldwide can now understand English. However, he […]

82.5% OF BRITISH VIEWERS TUNE IN OLYMPICS’ OPENER

July 28, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

An average audience of 27 million watched Friday night’s BBC telecast of the Olympics’ opening ceremony, peaking at 9:50 p.m. with 26.9 million, the BBC said today (Saturday). The figures represented 82.5 percent of British viewers and was the biggest audience for a BBC program since 1996, when a Christmas episode of the British sitcom […]

LET THE OPENING CEREMONY BEGIN

July 27, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle has said that he is aiming to create a “live film” spectacular at London’s Olympic Stadium tonight (Friday) for his “Isles of Wonder” opening ceremony. While some news outlets have estimated that 4 billion people will be watching his production (the London Daily Mail put the possible number at 8 billion, […]

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