On Thursday morning, New York Times Company chairman Arthur Sulzberger Jr. gave a resounding vote of confidence to Mark Thompson, who will replace him on Nov. 12 as chief executive of the Times Company, a role Sulzberger has filled on an interim basis for nearly the past year.
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It was the first time Sulzberger spoke publicly about Thompson since the former BBC chief came under scrutiny in a scandal that has recently enveloped the British Broadcasting Corporation involving the late BBC television-show host Jimmy Savile.
Scotland Yard is investigating claims that Savile sexually abused as many as 300 women and underage girls in the course of his three decades working for the U.K. broadcasting company. And recently, allegations surfaced that the BBC canceled a news documentary on the matter in an attempt to muffle the scandal.
As head of the BBC at the time the program was canceled, some have questioned Thompson's role in the decision. Thompson has said he played no role in the canceling of the program, and Sulzberger's remarks just now, on a third-quarter earnings call for the Times Company, left little doubt of his belief in Thompson's veracity.