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NY Times names BBC head as CEO

08-15-2012 13:18 BJT

NEW YORK, Aug. 14 (Xinhua) -- The New York Times Co. has pinned high hopes on outgoing BBC head Mark Thompson to grow its digital and global businesses by announcing him new CEO late Tuesday.

Thompson, 55, is expected to start his new role in November, and will report to the Board of Directors and Arthur Sulzberger, chairman of the Times Company, the U.S. media giant said in a statement.

Thompson expressed his happiness toward the new position, saying "The New York Times is one of the world's greatest news providers and a media brand of immense future potential both in the U.S. and around the world."

"It is a real privilege to be asked to join the Times Company as it embarks on the next chapter in its history," he said.

The New York Times is eager to get Thompson on board, said Sulzberger.

Under Thompson's leadership, the BBC has pioneered multiple new digital services and technologies, which have won wide acclaim in Britain and around the world.

His leadership helped increased BBC profits through creating, acquiring and developing media contents and brands around the world. It now has an annual revenue of approximately 1.5 billion U.S. dollars.



Editor:James |Source: Xinhua

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